It’s a Monday morning in January. You wake up in the dark, commute in the frigid weather, look out of your office window to dreary skies, and leave work only to find more dark, freezing conditions. This is a vast contrast to summertime, which entails going on a refreshing run before work, eating lunch outside in the sun, and leaving on a Friday to head to the beach for the weekend. Life in the winter can be rough, especially when working in an office. In fact, it is scientifically proven that the so-called “winter blues” exist. Many experts refer to this feeling of malaise and unhappiness during the winter months as “seasonal depression.” Luckily, there are ways to combat this dreary feeling. These tips can significantly help you with beating the winter blues.
Schedule Daylight Time
In the cold winter months, it’s not hard to have a day virtually free of sunlight. At best, you may get a few minutes of daylight when walking from your home to your car or to the subway on your way to work. By the time you get out of work, the sun is once again absent.
Little to no sun exposure is a key factor in the winter blues. To fight this, make sure to work some sunlight time into your schedule. Make it a point to leave the office for lunch or offer to embark on the company’s daily coffee run. Even though running a quick errand during the workday won’t necessarily leave you with a suntan, it will guarantee that you are exposed to some daylight. In the miserable months of winter, a little sunshine can make all the difference.
Bring the Outside in
Sitting in the company’s garden-side courtyard for lunch or walking through the park on your way to work not an option in the depths of February? Not a problem when you can bring the garden to you! To surround yourself with nature and not give in to the bleakness of December to March, fill your office space with indoor plants. This can be in the form of a potted flower, a hanging plant, or a thriving succulent. Being in the presence of these oxygen-producing plants can vastly improve your mood by creating a serene, beautiful environment.
You don’t need to have a green thumb to do so. Succulents require very little water or care and are great for a desk space or cubicle. They can even grow and survive in cute, aesthetically-pleasing terrariums. Check out some options here and here.
Plan a Trip
One of the best ways to beat the winter blues is by escaping the winter all together. Use any vacation days that rolled over from last year and that Christmas bonus to plan a trip to a sunny land. Whether it’s a week on a tropical island or a quick weekend trip to warm and sunny Florida, escaping the winter weather and soaking up the sun for a few days will recharge your batteries and give you the push you need to get through the rest of winter.
If a trip isn’t in the cards for your immediate future, plan one for the spring or summer! Even though it won’t provide immediate relief, it will give you something to look forward to and keep working for during these bitter days.
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