So, how are you feeling today? If we were to guess, you are beginning to feel a little sad, perhaps a touch of depression is setting in. This shouldn’t be a surprise, after all, it is the season for the winter blues.
Christmas has come and gone, the guests have left, the Christmas tree is basically dead and the radio station you listen to is back to playing Ed Sheeran instead of Christmas tunes. To top everything off, the weather is cold, the days are short and if you aren’t mistaken, you feel a cold coming on.
Yep, these are sure signs that you are suffering the winter blues. The bad news is that warmer weather and longer days are still a few months away. The good news is that there are ways in which you can battle the winter blues.
Ray Hunter, your Southgate florist, offer you list of ways you can chase away the winter blues.
For those of you buried under the latest snowstorm or otherwise confined to your home because of cold temperatures or the fact you don't want to go anywhere after dark, buy some flowers and let the sunshine into your home.
Not literally, of course, we are talking about the sunshine-like brightness that flowers give off in any room. Research suggests you outsmart winter depression by decorating your indoor space with flowers and plants.
How can flowers and plants make you feel better in the winter?
Scientists say that house plants and flowers significantly boost your mood, improve concentration, relieve aches and pains (for real) and reduce stress.
Get a Light Box
Light therapy is reported to work for about 80 percent of people who suffer the winter blues. You can get one for a cheap as 40 bucks and doctors recommend you use it for 30 minutes each morning.
It may be tempting to go into hibernation mode when you get depressed, wrapping yourself up in a blanket cocoon and watching a steady stream of Netflix, but you should fight this and force yourself to actually talk to other people.
While binge-watching Stranger Things might seem like a good idea, it won't brighten your mood the same way your friends can cheer you up.
Take a Vacation
If all else fails, cancel your summer trip to your in-laws and take a family vacation in Florida or California. The change of scenery will do your depression wonders.
Studies from Harvard University suggest a 35-minute brisk walk every day to improve the symptoms of mild to moderate winter depression. It’s even a better idea to do your exercises under bright lights.
There are particular foods, like chocolate, for example, that can help relieve anxiety and enhance your mood. Other foods, like candy and carbs, can provide a temporary feeling of euphoria, but you will ultimately crash and probably wind up feeling worse.
So if you are feeling down because of the winter blues, call Ray Hunter and order some flowers and plants to help cheer you up.