Beat the Winter Blues
By Sharon Liao for Completely You
Beat the winter blues with these quick remedies. Living a healthy, active lifestyle gets harder when the temperatures drop and you suddenly feel the winter blues coming on. Instead of holing up for months, incorporate these seven easy tweaks into your daily routine, and soon your happy days will be back again.
Winter Blues Remedy No. 1: Listen to Music.
Whether you’re a fan of Michael Jackson or Michael Buble, play one of their most cheerful songs today. According to a recent British study, people who listened to an uplifting song felt happier after just 15 seconds.
Winter Blues Remedy No 2: Get Sun Exposure.
“A lack of sunlight can disrupt the body’s sleep-wake cycle,” says Michael Terman, director of the Center for Light Treatment and Biological Rhythms at Columbia University Medical Center in New York City. “That can lead to sluggishness and depression.” Get your body back in sync by soaking up sunlight first thing in the morning. Raise the blinds, eat breakfast in a sunny room or walk a lap around the block before heading into the office. If you’re feeling particularly blue, you may want to consider investing in a light therapy box, a device that mimics sunshine. They typically cost between $100 and $200.
Winter Blues Remedy No. 3: Go Outside.