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Say Goodbye to the Winter Blues

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Healthy Ways to Boost Your Spirits

WebMD Feature
Reviewed by Louise Chang, MD
 

The holidays are over and now all there is to look forward to is ... winter, with its seemingly endless days of dark, dreary weather. Fortunately, there are ways to boost your mood, many of which you may not have thought of. Here are a few suggestions to help you beat the winter blues:

Acupuncture

...will leave you feeling "more alive, more awakened."

Aromatherapy

Different scents can bring about different moods...

Auto-Hypnosis

 ...auto-hypnosis gives you the opportunity to "escape...

Mandel has a few other suggestions to help lift your mood:

  • Bring a new plant into the house to create a spring-like atmosphere.
  • Look at the color orange, the color of cheerfulness. No need to repaint the house; just place an orange on your desk.
  • Crank up the music. Whatever makes you feel happy and brings back memories of good times.
  • Stay connected to other people. We tend to be more isolated in the winter. If you can't get out, rely on phone or email.

Change Your Routine

 Break out of your comfort zone and try something new...

Deep Breathing

A daily deep breathing meditation of just one minute in the morning and one minute in the evening (of course, more won't hurt you) will remove much of the clutter in your brain.

Exercise

 "Physical activity is a great combatant for depression," says outdoor...

Light Therapy

If your winter blues seriously disrupt your life, you may actually be suffering from seasonal affective disorder (aptly known as SAD). The widely accepted treatment for SAD is exposure to bright light (light therapy or phototherapy).

Massage

Massage can help promote relaxation, reduce stress, and perhaps even boost your mood...

Mind-Body Therapies

Mind-body techniques such as qi gong, t'ai chi, and yoga may all be effective in helping you beat the winter blues.

Muscle Relaxation

The following relaxation exercise quickly reduces muscle tension throughout your body. Practice this simple, 10-minute exercise...

 
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