January is (finally!) coming to an end. Now that the holidays are behind us, we’re entering the season of cold temperatures and difficult weather and generally lower moods. It’s not uncommon to feel a little “blah” this time of year, so if you’ve been down, don’t beat yourself up about it. When we’re in a rut, we’ve found that revamping our spaces can be just the pick-me-up we need to get back on track. But that requires both money and time, which, for many of us, are scare this time of year. Don’t fret — there are numerous ways to beat the winter blues at home, and we’re sharing them below.
Let the Light In
Light is a natural antidote to the winter blues, which is why some people benefit from sitting next to artificial light during the dark months of winter. But you can still get the benefits of bright light simply by letting more of it naturally flood your apartment. Try opening your blinds or curtains all the way to let as much light in as possible. Or, take it a step further and remove them altogether. Natural light will make any room look brighter and feel warmer, and sunlight can do wonders for your mood.
Rearrange Your Furniture
You’re probably spending extra time at home this time of year, so it’s essential that you feel content in your space. Our surroundings affect our moods, so if your home isn’t making you happy, rearranging your furniture may help you. Even a small change, like moving your bed to the opposite side of the room, can help your bedroom appear fresher and more welcoming.
Try A New Decorating Trend
Another way to breathe new life into your space this season is to try one or two new decorating styles. You don’t have to completely revamp your apartment — simply experimenting with one or two things like a new painting or piece of furniture can boost your spirits and help you feel comfortable at home.
Move Your Body
Exercising is another way you can beat the winter blues at home. Working out is linked with better moods, and thanks to the internet, you don’t have to leave the comfort of your own apartment to exercise. Check out some of our favorite at-home fat burning exercises here.
Eat Healthier Foods
Nothing’s more appealing than comfort food when the weather is frightful. We’re firm believers in indulging in your favorite foods, but if you’re feeling low, choosing to eat healthy foods may help. Did you know nations who consume more fish have lower depression rates? Adding foods rich in omega-3s, like nuts or fish, may be beneficial. In general, we recommend being mindful of what you eat, since junk foods can make you feel tired and lethargic. Try and choose more whole foods this time of year, like fresh vegetables, fruits and proteins. The good news is that healthy food doesn’t have to leave you unsatisfied — these recipes are all super delicious.
Spend Time With Friends
When your mood is low, you may be inclined to isolate yourself from others. But spending time with friends can be a big mood-booster. You don’t even have to leave your apartment to get the benefits of socializing — invite friends over for a game night, or cook a meal with your roommate. Movie nights are always a good idea, too.