Beat the Winter Blues

By November 7, 2015Self-Care
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We all know that mounting stress and consistent inclement weather can each have a negative effect on your mood. Every November these two things tend to coincide. Between the winter weather creeping in and celebrating Thanksgiving, November can be too much to handle. But we won’t let that happen to you. Follow these tips to improve your mood and manage your stress.

Take vitamin D supplements.

Most of us gather our vitamin D from the sun but as the days grow shorter, sunrays can be harder to come by. Many studies show that a vitamin D deficiency can contribute to mood decline in adults. Adding more to your day on a regular basis can improve your mood. As always, you should consult your physician before taking any new supplements.

Start a new hobby.

Having a hobby can be a great stress reliever for many. As you learn a new skill (or rekindle an old one) you’ll feed the creative part of your brain that may not get used in your usual day-to-day.

Meditate.

We know, meditation in the traditional sense may not be everyone’s cup of tea, but finding 5-10 minutes in the day to center yourself can have a lot of benefits. Some people, practice deep breathing in a quiet space, some listen to nature sounds, there are even apps for guided meditation. Whatever your iteration, find something that works for you so you can hit ‘reset’ on a bad day and change your mood!

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About Ciarra Latimer

Ciarra Latimer who started at Boomerangs in 2009, uses her BFA in photography from MassArt and an MS in Organizational Leadership for Nonprofit from Wheelock College to fuel her contributions to the Boomerangs blog.

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