January 24, 2013

How to Beat the Winter Blues

It's crazy how much effect the weather can have on us...from our health to our mood or our overall disposition. January is one of those months that can be kind of tricky. We're dealing with the inevitable letdown that comes after the pomp and circumstance of the holidays. The days are short and can be dreary. If we aren't careful, the winter blues will set in and I'd just hate to see that happen to such nice folks like you and me.

We've already made it through the shortest day of 2012 (Dec. 21) but there are still several more days of winter left to endure. I'm joining my friends on Knoxville's WTNZ Fox43 this morning and sharing some tips on how to beat the winter blues. These are some of the tricks that work for me, but I'd love to hear yours also!

1. Add Some Color to Your Everyday Life -

One way that winter can get you down is because it brings gray, dreary days. I combat this by infusing color into my life in every area I can, especially in unexpected places. Maybe a new dish towel or cleaning sponge will liven up your kitchen chores. I love snagging colorful office supplies because you can't take life too seriously when you're jotting notes on a neon pink to-do list. Whatever you choose, I hope it's something that brightens your mood when you look at it.

2. Liven Things Up with Fresh Cut Blooms and Branches -

Because winter seems like a time when everything outside is dead, I find that surrounding myself with living things helps to beat the winter blues. Grab a cheap bunch of grocery store flowers or even cut some branches from a tree in your yard. You don't have to spend a lot of money to create a lovely arrangement that will brighten up your home or office.

3. Beat the Blues with Color from Head to Toe -

Another way that I show winter who's boss is by refusing to wear dark, drab colors (even though that's what I feel like doing most of these cold days!). Wearing bright, punchy colors always lifts my spirits. You just can't help but smile when you're wearing vivid turquoise, brilliant orange, or luscious yellow. And if you don't want to go all out, add color with your accessories such as a statement necklace or scarf. It's all about the little things we can do to make a big impact.

These are some more fun ways, but the regular old tried and true methods are also great for keeping the blues at bay. These include getting plenty of sleep, eating a balanced, healthy diet and taking time to exercise your body as well as your mind. It's one thing to have a bad day, but seasonal affective disorder is a very real thing and if you're experiencing feelings of hopelessness or long bouts of not wanting to get out bed, don't ignore that...please seek medical help!

What are some ways that have helped you stay cheery even when it's dreary outside? I always love hearing from y'all so share!