27 Tips for How to Avoid Seasonal Depression
There’s no denying that waking up, then coming home to darkness can be pretty friggin' dreary. But chin up-- here's your helpful guide on how to avoid seasonal depression and maintain a sunny disposition all season long. (No actual sun necessary.)
1. Escape on the weekendsHalf-day Fridays are not just for summer.
2. Spend time outdoorsFresh air is basically medicine (according to the Mayo Clinic). A crisp midday walk it is.
3. Watch the sunriseLuckily it's not crazy early this time of year (around 7 a.m.) so any chance for some daylight, take it.
4. Make a summer vacation Pinterest boardScience says that planning (cough, daydreaming about) your next summer vacation might just help you make it to April.
5. Buy bloomsYour kitchen table is already stoked.
6. Start firesNo, not to the blooms. We’re talking crackling logs and glowing embers. This is the stuff fall daydreams are made of.
7. Let the light inTake simple steps to maximize what light you do have. (For starters, it’s time to wash those windows and maybe paint a wall or two.)
8. Throw a Mexican fiestaTacos + margaritas = instant vacation.
9. Treat yourself to seasonal staplesSuede booties, cozy cashmere knits, camel coats—all great incentives to get outdoors and strut your stuff.
10. Go the spaIf you’re missing the warmth of the sun on your back, a hot stone massage should fill the void quite nicely.
11. Paint your toenails a fun colorFor a little pick-me-up every time you take off the woolly socks.
12. Eat carbs unabashedlyThis is officially a bikini-free zone.
13. But mix in energy-boosting foodsTomatoes, avocados and salmon are all foods that help beat the winter blues.
14. Read escapist summer beach booksThe stack of books you never got around to reading when it was so lovely outside.
15. Even head to the coastSalt air is good for the soul no matter what, and beach strolls are just as beautiful during the off-months.
17. VolunteerTrust us, you'll be hooked.
18. Open the windowsEven if it’s chilly, a quick dose of fresh air will keep your place from feeling stuffy.
19. Bake...oftenFact: It’s impossible to be in a bad mood when the house smells like melting butter. Here are some ideas to get you started.
20. Keep activeIncorporate natural exercise into your day by walking an extra lap with the dog or taking the stairs at work. Endorphins are endorphins, however you can get 'em.
21. But know when to restWhy are the darkest, coziest months sometimes the busiest? Make sure, though, you're still taking care of yourself so you don't burn out—or, God, get the flu.
22. Dress in colorThat pink statement coat taunting you in the window? You should go buy it.
23. Upgrade your loungewearVery Hygge!
24. Get creativeKnit scarves. Start a blog to store your photos. Try your hand at watercolors. Making things always leads to a greater sense of fulfillment.
25. Make s’mores indoorsGuess what, kids? You don’t need a campfire to make these feel-good classics. (P.S. Cocoa reduces anxiety.)