Beating Those Winter Blues

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The weather outside is frightful, but your life can still be delightful.

Thanksgiving has come and gone and Christmas is right around the corner. While winter doesn’t officially start until December 21, depending on where you live, it’s probably already pretty cold, and there may even be some snow on the ground. If it’s December, it’s already winter, that’s what I say. Of course, along with winter can occasionally come the winter blues. When it’s cold outside and there’s less direct sunshine and social activity in your life, it’s easy to get a case of the blahs and start feeling down. When you’ve got a case of the winter blues, just do what Aquarius taught us and let the sunshine in.

What you need to do is try to simulate that feeling of a summer dawn, even if it’s the dead of winter. If it’s not cloudy out, throw open those curtains and get some natural light. If it is cloudy, turn on the lights and keep things well-lit. Sitting in darkness and cold is a guaranteed mood killer, so get some light and either wrap up in a blanket or turn on the heater. Incidentally, if you like, you can also opt for the classic “Christmas cozy” aesthetic; sit near the fireplace or heater, get a warm drink, and put on some soft lighting. It’s a different kind of positivity.

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In addition to your environment, you should do your best to maintain yourself, despite what your winter instincts may desire. Keep yourself active, either with indoor equipment or outdoor activity if it’s safe to do so. Eat foods that stimulate your brain and body so you don’t fall into a hibernation state. Also, this is a little thing, but take proper care of your skin too. Some people are really sensitive to the cold and develop skin conditions, so stay properly moisturized. It’ll help your body regulate itself.