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5 Ways to Beat the Winter Blues

By Katy Agro Myers

I don't know about you, but I'm already exhausted by 2023. It's just February and we've had holidays and days off school. In my family, we've had trips and parties, events, and sleepovers. Spring sports are ramping up - the practice schedules are multiplying and whew!

Oh by that sunshine this week?! It was good for my soul! The milder temperatures made us even more excited for Spring. I am ready for those consistently warm days. I'm ready to be out and about at the sports fields and even walking around my community waving to neighbors. I'm ready for fire pits and wine in my backyard.

So what do we do until then? That silly groundhog said we've still got a few weeks to go - and my mood is definitely reflective of the gloomy afternoon today. Here's five ways to boost your mood and beat the winter blues:

  • Grab a friend and go for a walk! Research has shown that a daily one-hour walk in the middle of the day could be as helpful as light treatment for coping with the winter blues.

  • Take up a new hobby. Keeping your brain active with a new interest can help beat the February blahs. It could be knitting or cooking. Learn to dance or read a book.

  • Stick to a sleep routine. Set an alarm and get up at the same time every morning. Use good sleep hygiene and create a bedtime routine that is soothing and relaxing.

  • Laugh. What makes you laugh? Is it a funny movie? Play it! Is it dinner or brunch with girlfriends? Get it on the schedule asap. Laughing is always good for your soul.

  • Treat yourself to something warm. Take a few moments to enjoy your favorite cup of tea, coffee, or even hot cocoa. This will help you feel cozy and relaxed.

Do you have any other ideas to beat the winter blues? Share them with us on Facebook or IG!

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