“When the ‘winter blues’ hit, what we notice is often low energy and motivation, feeling down, and frequently also a pull to isolate. Often, that can actually make the mood worse,” says Simone Hoermann, Ph.D., a private –practice Licensed Clinical Psychologist and Adjunct Assistant Professor at Columbia University. “It can be helpful to be mindful of that tendency to want to hide out and stay away from it all, and to acknowledge it, and then to try to act opposite to that pull. Trying to get out to get some sunlight can boost your mood, exercising can have a positive effect, and instead of isolating, trying to connect with family, loved ones and friends.”
If cloudy winter days and chilly temperatures have led you to feel slightly sad, melancholy, and unenergetic, try lifting your spirits and improving your mood by incorporating the following tips and tricks into your daily routine.