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Your alarm just went off, it’s pitch black outside and the forecast is a high of 23 (feels like 12). Yep, just another winter morning in NYC. Don’t despair, though: A few small adjustments to your routine can do wonders for fighting the winter blahs.
A few years ago, researchers found that listening to upbeat music can significantly improve your mood (in both short and long term). So maybe save the Adele tunes for spring.
The smell of vitamin C-packed fruits can offer an instant pick-me-up. Studies have shown that the scent of citrus can boost energy and alertness while relieving stress. And bonus: Eating them is good for your immune system.
You already know to protect your skin year-round, but there’s another reason to reach for the SPF in winter: The smell of your favorite UV blocker will remind you of summer and beach days, making the fact that it’s freezing outside a little more bearable.
Yes, yoga is a great way to relax, but certain poses can actually have an energizing effect. The classic bridge pose is one of those movements: It helps free energy bound up in your spine, which will help you get a boost during the day.
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