Beat the Winter Blues

Studies and other publications (like the one found here in Time) have found that the middle to end of January is the time when people are the most "down." The holidays are over, we spend much more time indoors, the temperatures often drop...it's no wonder people feel so blue.

Here are some ways to combat the winter blues and get your new year rolling on the right track:

Get moving- Whether it's committing to that new gym membership, or taking a walk outside during your lunch break, spending time moving your body can make you feel happier and healthier.

Volunteer- Volunteering is a great way to get out of the house and help others who are in need. Volunteering gives us perspective, and often can make us smile.   

Embrace Winter - Instead of grumbling about the weather, why not get out and enjoy it! If you're in a region where you can find some fresh white powder, why not get outside and make a snowman. If you're into winter sports, take a day to hit the slopes (which bring suggestion number one in as well). It's time to remember why snow days were so much fun as a kid.

Here are some other articles that make suggestions for "getting happy" during the colder, darker months of the year.

http://abcnews.go.com/Health/ColdandFlu/beat-winter-blues/story?id=17848071

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/34509511/ns/health-mental_health/t/lighten-how-beat-back-winter-blues/

Put a smile on. Spring will be here before you know it. 


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