20 Little Ways To Banish Your Winter Blues

You don't have to wait until spring to start smiling again!

December 29, 2017
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It's the middle of winter. Which means that for months now, you've been going through the annoying routine of bundling yourself like a burrito every time you go outside. It's also been awhile since you've enjoyed simple pleasures like feeling the warmth of the sun on your face, hearing birds chirping outside, or biting into a strawberry that actually tastes like a strawberry.

Yup, it's right around this time every year when you start to feel a little bummed. But you don't have to wait until spring to start smiling again. These little tips and treats will help you break through those winter blues right now.

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Make Your Skin Look Pretty

Slough away cold-weather dullness with Sand Red Mineral Face + Body Polish. It melts dead skin cells with ingredients like yucca root, and thanks to the addition of raw honey, it smells great, too.  

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Start Planning Your Spring Garden

Because deciding where you'll plant those daffodils or tulips serves as a much-needed reminder that yes, that giant pile of dirty snow in front of your door will eventually melt. (Looking to start gardening early? Try growing your own microgreens—indoors.)

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Watch A Sweet Video

For the last 11 years, Quincy, a golden retriever living in Boulder, CO, has been bringing newspapers to his neighbors' front doors. And seeing him do it will make you feel all warm and fuzzy. Promise! 

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Take On A Cooking Project

Cold, gray weekends are the perfect time to hunker down at home and make something delicious. For inspiration, check out Scratch: Home Cooking for Everyone by our own Maria Rodale. 

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Schedule A Morning Stroll

Grab your winter woolies and head outside, people. Both exercise and nature are proven mood-boosters. Plus, catching the sunlight helps you get more fatigue-fighting vitamin D—something most of us don't get enough of during the colder months. (Here are 7 surprising things you didn't know vitamin D could do for you.)

 
 
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Indulge In Fancy Bath Salts

Indie Lee Jasmin Ylang-Ylang Bath Soak moisturizes and softens skin while boosting circulation to fight chilly fingers and toes. Plus, the addition of shimmery minerals like mica will make you look all glowy—like you haven't been cooped up inside since November.  

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Listen To A Little Kid

Preschoolers are an infinite source of optimism—not to mention sheer hilarity. Need proof? Start following Live from Snack Time, the Instagram account featuring real, laugh out loud-worthy kid quotes. 

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Bring Nature Back To Your Window

The always-entertaining squirrels and birds might need an extra bit of coaxing this time of year. Draw them out with a simple hanging fruit feeder, like Ancient Graffiti's Wire Twig Hanging Fruit Spear, and watch the fun from your window.

 
 
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Read About Someone Inspiring

Swap the romantic comedy for a fascinating biography. Compared to just watching something happy, reading about another person's amazing experience leaves people more satisfied, less stressed, and more willing to help others, says a study from Psychological Science. (Here are 9 books that can absolutely change your life.)

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Make Big Weekend Plans

Let this Saturday be the day you get out of the house and finally visit the art museum or orchestra. Participating in cultural activities is linked to lower rates of anxiety and depression and higher rates of life satisfaction, suggests Norwegian research

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Add A Spoonful Of Cocoa To Your Coffee

It's a clean, antioxidant-packed way to make your morning mud taste delicious. But more importantly? The polyphenols in chocolate boost your brain's production of the hormone serotonin—and puts a smile on your face. 

 
 
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Do A DIY Manicure

Dry hands and ragged cuticles are a downer. Gather up your tools (you only need a few) and pick a pretty, nontoxic polish, like tenoverten's 8-Free Nail Polish in one of their precious metal shades. 

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Snack On Popcorn With Nutritional Yeast

Like chocolate, the carbohydrates in whole grains like popcorn prompt your brain to pump out more serotonin. And the nondairy topper—which has a Parmesan-like flavor—is loaded with mood-boosting vitamin B12

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Tackle That Spring Cleaning Project Now

Women who describe their homes as "messy," "disorganized," or "chaotic" have higher levels of stress, depression, and fatigue compared to those who see their living environments as restful or restorative, according to a UCLA study. (Try these 25 simple tricks to cozy up your bedroom.)

 
 
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Snap—And Share—A Seasonal Photo

Take a shot of the freshly fallen snow, glittery icicles, or another eye-catching winter scene and post it on social media. Photographing objects that make you happy leaves you feeling more appreciative—and sharing them with friends and family alleviates stress, finds one Psychology of Well-Being study.

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Take Advantage Of Those Crazy-Good Winter Sales

At this point in the season, your wardrobe could definitely use a refresher. And you'll still get a month or more of wear out of that new sweater or boots before it's time to pull out your spring clothes.  (You have the green light to break these ridiculous fashion rules.)

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Buy Some Orange Flowers

It's no secret that a pretty bouquet can give you a much-needed boost. But orange blossoms might be particularly potent, since findings show that the color increases alertness and cognitive function.   

 
 
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Make A Coffee (Or Tea) Date

Catching up with a friend just plain feels good. And who knew? Black tea contains compounds that may lower the risk for depression by up to 37%, shows one Chinese review.   

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Turn Up The Happy Tunes

Upbeat music can instantly put a smile on your face, according to a University of Missouri study. Crank up your old favorites, or surprise yourself with Spotify's Have a Great Day! playlist

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Plan Your Summer Vacation

The beach or the mountains might be your happy place. But just anticipating your trip can leave you feeling pretty blissful, according to one Dutch study. Get your getaway dates on the calendar—and start mapping out all the fun details. It'll be here before you know it.

The article 20 Little Ways To Banish Your Winter Blues originally appeared on Prevention.