If you feel your mood dropping faster than the mercury in the thermometer, these small lifestyle changes can really boost your spirits. Read on for Bless Box’s guide to beating seasonal blues!
Heading to work before the sun rises and returning home after it sets can start affecting your mood! When your body is craving more daylight, sitting next to an artificial light for 15-30 minutes a day can be super effective! Open up your blinds and curtains and sit by the window to soak up any natural light, and consider plugging in a lightbox for an extra dose of sunny vitamin D.
While it’s natural to crave hearty, heavy meals in the cold winter months, try to keep your diet balanced with plenty of lean protein, fresh veggies and fruits, and whole grains. Fish rich in omega-3 fatty acids such as salmon, lake trout, sardines, and albacore tuna also help boost mood and keep your metabolism stable. Some good news? Dark chocolate increases serotonin, making it a comforting, feel-good treat.
Exercising for at least 15 minutes a day can help boost mood, shake up your routine and get you out of the house. Spending time outside (even when it’s chilly!) can improve focus, lower stress levels and improve your mood. For an extra boost, make a workout playlist with cheery, upbeat music and turn the volume way up! Another great way to add some cheer to your workout is to enlist a buddy to walk around the block with you.
Give Yourself Something To Look Forward To
Longing for sunny days at the beach, or just a weekend to yourself? Give yourself something to look forward to by planning a vacation, taking a day off for a staycation, or ordering yourself a monthly gift like a Bless Box subscription. Even if you don’t have the budget for an exotic vacation, chances are you can set aside a day of self-care! Take the phone off the hook, throw on a face mask, and relax for an afternoon!
If you’re feeling down, blessing it forward and helping someone out can really help your own sense of happiness and satisfaction. Winter is the hardest time of year for folks in need, and shelters and soup kitchens are always in need of a helping hand, especially around the holidays. Focusing on helping someone else is a great way to get out of your own headspace and take stock of all your blessings!
What do you do to shake off some seasonal blues? Let us know in the comments below!
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