How to Stay Happy When It's Miserable Out

I live in a place where it sometimes snows on Mother’s Day, no joke. At any point during the year, my city is probably one of the following:

  • gray
  • snowing
  • cold
  • all of the above

Since I’ve lived here all of my life, I thought I had kind of become used to this environment, but for some reason this winter I’ve just been feeling “blah.” I’m not sure if it’s because I work from home and therefore don’t have to leave unless I force myself to, or maybe it’s because last winter was super warm so I forgot just how yuck a real winter is, either way, it hasn’t been pretty.

I’ve been reading a lot about fighting “the winter blues” (as a lot of magazines and articles call them) online, including this article from Glamour which offers some useful tips. The piece suggests getting outside and exploring during the winter. The natural tendency when it’s cold and gross out is to huddle under a bunch of blankets and overdose on Netflix, but in a lot of ways this just makes the feeling of “blahness” even worse. You have to force yourself to bundle up and get out, even if your couch is calling your name.

I also want to learn a new skill during the winter. I’ve been meaning to learn Photoshop for forever and a day, and I think this is the perfect winter activity. When you’re feeling bored and uninspired, the crappy weather hits you harder than it does when you’re learning something new and challenging your brain. I think it’s time I finally sit down and tackle some basic Photoshop tutorials.

I’ve even been contemplating getting one of those “natural” lamps. They mimic natural sunlight, and are supposed to boost your mood. No matter how hard you try to make the best out of the winter, I think your body will always suffer when there’s little to no natural sunlight, so I think this lamp may be a useful solution. I found this one on Amazon for $66 but I’m still a litttleee skeptical about the whole thing. I’m going to do a little more research before I purchase.

 

Do you deal with a case of the “blahs” during winter? Have you tried one of these lamps? I’m curious to know if they actually work.

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  1. My friend’s mom uses one of those lamps- she was recommended it from her doctor. I’m not sure where she got it from and how hers would compare with the one you saw on Amazon, but I’ve heard that they can be helpful. I get the winter blahs- I guess trying to stay busy/taking up a new hobby (like you mentioned) always helps me, too!

    • ljmlevine says:

      Hey Rachel!
      I think I may need to buy it. Sixty bucks isn’t that much, especially if it actually works. I feel like everyone gets slightly yuck in the winter, but trying new things and staying active does help. Though sunshine and temperatures above freezing helps even more=)

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