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5 Ways to Beat the Cold Weather Blues

When the temperatures make getting outside difficult and our exposure to sunlight dwindles, it can certainly dampen our spirits. Luckily, the winter blahs aren’t inescapable. We’ve got 5 ideas to help you beat the cold weather blues.

1. Focus on your diet and exercise
Whether exercise is part of your daily routine or not, a quick dose of moderate activity can get your blood pumping and release endorphins, giving you a natural boost. Getting your heart rate up for just 20 minutes can help you feel better when you’re feeling the brunt of winter’s wrath. Taking a quality multivitamin and eating a balanced diet can also help support your overall wellness.*

2. Take on an exciting indoor project
Do you have any hobbies or projects that you can get lost in for a while? Perhaps it’s a puzzle, reading, scrapbooking or even go big with a fresh coat of paint throughout the house. Whatever it is, make sure it’s something you enjoy and can look forward to working on. Working on a project that is personally fulfilling is a great way to combat the winter blues and give you a feeling of accomplishment.

3. Plan a summer getaway
There’s nothing like dreams of a warm vacation to melt the frosty grip of winter. Why not sit down and start planning your ideal getaway? Even if you can’t make your vacation dreams a reality anytime soon, you’ll benefit from the sense of anticipation you get when you think about it.

4. Laugh
Laughter is the best medicine for many, and cold weather misery is no exception. Laughter is an undeniable natural stress-buster. Winter is a great time to get out to a local comedy club, catch a funny movie, or get together with your funniest friends. Laughter is contagious, after all.

5. Hug your loved ones
Sometimes the cold weather makes it difficult to do anything besides hunker down and embrace the coziness of the season. National Hugging Day is January 21st, and it’s a great excuse to snuggle up with the ones you love. Hugging can boost oxytocin and serotonin levels, which can help chase your winter blues away.