I recently ran into a friend at Costco.  Her basket seemed almost empty, while mine had $150 of groceries.  As I laughed about obviously being more of a spender that she is, she showed me her new “happy light.”  Here it is, February, but for many of us, winter is still dragging its feet with little sign of letting up.  The holidays are over, and while spring is supposedly around the corner, it doesn’t really feel like it.  That’s what happened to me friend- she had just visited the doctor for feeling so fatigued even though she’s sleeping normally.  As usual, it’s winter.  She doesn’t classify as a sufferer of SAD {seasonal affective disorder}, but she is struggling.  Her description sounded a little too familiar, so I thought I’d compile some tips for naturally overcoming the winter blues and being more productive, both at home and at work.

Tips for Naturally Overcoming the Winter Blues

In your personal life…

  • Exercise.  This is the first thing your doctor will tell you.  Not only is exercising good for your overall internal health, it makes you feel better immediately.  The natural high you get can quickly boost your mood.
  • Try a happy light.  Light therapy can be really helpful in getting you the “sun” exposure you need to feel brighter.
  • Pamper yourself a little.  Whether it’s some time away from home, or the kids, or work, be good to yourself, even for only 30 minutes.  Get a good cup of coffee, window shop, or do whatever makes you feel happy.

At work…

  • Take breaks.  If possible, take a walk outside.  If it’s too cold or blizzardy, walk around the building.
  • Try a sound machine.  Sound machines can help you tune out distractions, and they can also offer nature sounds which can help you feel more relaxed and less in a cubicle.  As a bonus, sound machines also help boost productivity because of reduced distraction.

There you have it- 5 totally natural tips for overcoming the winter blues.  Good luck and may spring come quickly.

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