6 Steps To Whisk Away Winter Blues

winterAfter the anticipation, excitement and build up that surrounds the December holidays, the month of January can be a bit of a let down. Gift bills come in, the weather acts up and the days until Spring can seem far away on the horizon. Never fear – there are many ways to feel better during this time of year. Let’s take a look!

1) Be open to the possibility of a fresh start
Unhappy in your job? Unemployed? It’s a great time to start a job search. Hiring managers and companies are actively searching and interviewing prospective employees. It’s also a good time to focus on other goals – from fitness to finances.  As cliched as it may sound, there is something about turning that calendar page to a new year that just screams new beginnings.

2) Know that days are getting brighter
It can be a struggle to drive to work and back home again in the dark, but the good news is that we are gaining 1.5 minutes to 2.5 minutes of daylight between now and February. A minute or two may not seem like much, but just knowing more light is on the way can give you a psychological boost.

3) Embrace the season
You may never be a winter person, and that’s ok! If that’s the case, be open minded enough to search out activities that will make the winter more fun. You can find gems to enjoy January thru March. Just as we tell job seekers – take a break and enjoy what’s around you.Winter is here until March 20th- whether you like it or not.

4) Get your Vitamin D
In the north, and in many parts of the country, Vitamin D deficiency is a reality that can result in lethargy and depression. Make an effort to get sunlight each day. Even on cloudy days, it’s important to be near natural light. The harsh glare of fluorescent lights can do a number on your psyche. If your office or cubicle isn’t near a window, get up and get some exposure to the light during your workday. The benefits are numerous, including helping you to sleep better.

“About 80 to 90 percent of our vitamin D comes from sun exposure.”
– Dr. Michael Holick, MD, PhD,  professor of medicine, physiology and biophysics at the Boston University Medical Center

5) Be more active
The tendency during winter months is to load up on comfort foods, take more naps and hibernate ’til Spring. A better approach would be to seek out movement. Get up from your desk and stretch every hour. Take a short walk if you can. Outside of work, get some exercise – try snowshoeing, ice skating or, on milder days, take a brisk walk. You can still have your comfort foods, but look for new, healthier swaps, like this mac ‘n cheese (#yum!).

6) Plan something fun
Whether you’re working or not, you can always find something to look forward to. Plan to go to a movie, concert or trip. Or, attend a free/low cost event you found online or in your local newspaper. It doesn’t have to be expensive. Just knowing something is scheduled on the calendar can help improve your mood.

Don’t let Winter get you down. Spring will be here before you know it!

P.S. If this post helped you or you think it can help others, please share.

A version of this post, by our Social Media Specialist, also appears on LinkedIn.

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