How to Beat the January Blues?
By the time January hits, it starts to feel like winter has been going on for months. There’s something about January that feels particularly depressing for Houston residents, who are used to sunny skies and warm weather 24/7.
Once January starts, the holiday season is officially over. Work resumes, school starts back up, and gorgeous spring weather is still more than two months away. While January may feel like a new beginning to some, it seems like a month to forget for others.
But it doesn’t have to be that way! Here are some of the best tips and tricks to help you beat the January blues:
Invest In A Dawn Simulator
The further we get into winter, the clearer it becomes just how much weather affects our behavior. Some people feel hit hard by the constant darkness that comes during winter, thanks to Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). To help get you out of your January funk, try investing in a dawn simulator, a device that gradually lightens your bedroom in the morning to mimic the sun. Not only does a sunlight simulator make it easier to get out of bed in the morning, it also acts as a natural antidepressant.
Take A Walk
When the weather is dark and chilly, it’s hard to get yourself to do anything outside. But even a quick 30 minute walk around your neighborhood can do wonders to boost your mood throughout the winter season. Next time you’re feeling groggy, depressed, or lethargic, get some fresh air and see if that helps to improve your day.
Plan A Vacation
If you’re someone who likes to take a trip every year—a big vacation or a mini trip—January is the perfect time to start planning. When the weather is dark and cold, it’s easy to slip into a funk. Planning a trip gives you an adventure to look forward to and helps you remember that winter doesn’t last forever.
It’s all too easy to let your workouts fall by the wayside when it’s cold out, especially if you’re someone who likes jogging outside during summer and spring. But an expanding waistline isn’t the only change you’ll experience if you stop exercising during winter. Your body naturally releases serotonin, a feel-good hormone and natural mood booster, when you exercise. Working out for just 35 minutes a day, 5 days a week can help you look and feel better throughout winter.
Turn To Comedy
They say laughter is the best medicine, and when it comes to making it through winter, that old saying definitely rings true. A feel-good movie or comedy that makes you laugh and smile can actually counteract depressive hormones and thoughts. Invite a few friends over or watch with your partner to keep the laughter going.