Once Christmas is over, and the new year has begun, do any of you wish you could just go into hibernation mode until spring?  I sure do!  I currently live and even grew up in a state where the winters are fierce.  And every time they roll around, I find myself think and asking out out if it's spring yet at least 1000 times!

I didn't always used to be this way.  As a child, I loved winter.  But after becoming a mom, I found the winter season to be almost unbearable.  Probably because I can't get outside as much as I used to and most definitely because I had some lingering postpartum depression.  And when you mix that with colder weather and shorter amounts of daylight, it's a horrible combination to deal with.

So, over the years, I have come up with 5 super easy ways to fight off and survive the winter blues.

5 Super Easy Ways to Survive the Winter Blues

1) Get as much daylight as you can!
And if you can't get out much, then try putting some Daylight light bulbs in your house.  These amazing lightbulbs emit a pleasant sunlight mimicking light that can reduce tiredness and give better visual accuracy.  You can get these things almost anywhere, but I got mine at Target...obviously.  Ha ha!

2) Become a Plant Lady.
Aside from reminding you that spring will come again, keeping live indoor plants have a ton of amazing health benefits like purifying your air, improves your health, increases your focus, and boosts your mood.

3) Get colorful.
Whether this is by incorporating color into your home with certain kinds of decor (i.e. pillows, throws, art work, etc.) or into your wardrobe with certain accent pieces, there are studies out there that show color plays an important role in evoking feelings of happiness, optimism, and energy.  So, if you find that you lack any or all of those three things, try displaying and/or wearing items that warmer hues like red, orange, yellow, and pink.

4) Become a planner.
Life is always more happy and exciting when you have things to look forward to.  So each month, make sure you schedule a few things to get excited about and look forward to.  This can be playdates, girls' night outs, date nights, etc.  Just put something down that will get excited about facing each new day and week!

5) Be healthy
Food and exercise play a big part on how we feel.  And we all know that the more active we are, and the healthier we eat, the better we feel.   So, if you can, cut back on the junk food and get moving!  And also make sure to take your vitamins.  Especially vitamin D.  As we all know, sunlight is more sparse during the winter months; depriving us of a natural source of vitamin D that's responsible for helping us maintain a happy frame of mind.  So, to avoid going through a vitamin D deficiency, start taking this in pill form every day during the winter months.  Also, don't forget to still periodically treat yourself.  Studies have shown that dark chocolate can help remedy sadness.  So you can bet that I eat more than my fair share of that during this time of year!  Ha ha!

And there you have it!  My five super easy ways to survive the winter blues!  I also want want to say that the winter blues can be a very serious matter.  During this time of year, there is a legitimate disorder known as SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder) that people can get; and it can cause a lot of problems and hardships.  Symptoms of this disorder include a lack of interest in previously enjoyable activities, increase in appetite, excessive sleepiness, weight gain, carbohydrate cravings, and continual tiredness.  If you have SAD and the suggestions above do not help, make sure to see professional help!  There are people out there who specialize in treating this disorder and can get you the help you need.

Hang in there mamas.  You so got this!

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