During winter, aside from the weather being miserably cold, the days can be very gloomy and dark (literally), which can have a serious affect on your mood. If you find yourself feeling down during this seemingly ever-lasting season, you’re not alone. The winter blues are common, and additionally, an estimated 10 million Americans have Seasonal Affective Disorder. The form of depression, also known as SAD, is a recurrent major depressive disorder that involves episodes of depression at the same season each year.
According to Psychology Today, treatment for symptoms of SAD include combinations of antidepressant medication, light therapy, Vitamin D, and counseling. Regardless of what your personal situation is, there are several things you can do at home to boost your mood during winter. Home should be a happy place, and somewhere that cultivates good feelings and mindset for you. Here are some ways to help kick the winter blues right from home:
Light Your Favorite Candle
The right scent can help your state of mind, and according to research from the Association for Psychological Science, floral scents boost feelings of happiness. So, burn that rose-scented candle you love, or even treat yourself to some fresh-cut blooms.
Make Your Bed When You Wake Up
Gretchen Rubin, author of the best-selling book, The Happiness Project, says that the happiness-project resolution that’s made the biggest difference in readers’ happiness is often “Make your bed.” It’s a nice start to a productive day, and after a long day of work (and braving the cold), coming home to a made-bed is the best feeling.
Display Photos Of Favorite Memories (Maybe From A Tropical Vacay?)
Nostalgia can go a long way, it turns out. Researchers from Loyola University report that thinking about good memories for even 20 minutes a day can make people more cheerful than they were a week before. Frame some of your favorite photos from your last vacation, or family event (if those are fond memories for you). Each time you pass the photo on your dresser, or hanging in the hallway, it’ll jog your memory of happy times.
Use Mirrors To Maximize Natural Light
According to interior designer Lane McNab, the first step to feeling happier at home is creating a “soothing, light-filled environment.” She told MyDomaine, “Find ways to accentuate the natural light you have available (where possible). One of her tricks to maximizing that bit of sunshine? “Try using strategically placed mirrors, across from a window with a beautiful view or in a dark corner to brighten it up…This is especially important if you’re susceptible to the winter blahs.” Alright, then—mirrors it is!