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Five Tips To Beat the Winter Blahs

February 1, 2012

The days are shorter, and it’s dark when you get up and when you drive home from work. That’s winter, and for most of us, there are still a few more months of gray days and cool temperatures. So how do you keep yourself upbeat and motivated when all you really want to do is take a nap?

Start spring cleaning early. 92% percent of adults said having a cleaner home in winter made them happier!  No wonder. Clutter weighs you down mentally and makes it difficult to do your best work. When you streamline and organize, the feeling of accomplishment can boost your mood – and your productivity!

Hot peppers, peppermint, and cocoa?  Well, don’t eat them together, but all three have unique chemicals that interact with our body to improve our mood. Hot peppers give us a boost of endorphins – a feel-good compound in our brain. Peppermint induces feelings of calm. And cocoa contains a natural antidepressant. So, indulge!

Get out in the sun. A bright day is a natural antidote to anxiety and depression, but it may also be good for us physically. Enjoying a moderate amount of sun exposure (10-15 minutes) is enough for the body to create Vitamin D, which plays a part in improved immune response and stronger bones, among other things.

Do something nice. Thinking of someone else just feels good! Whether you volunteer for a local organization, cook dinner for a friend who doesn’t expect it, or write a “just because” card to someone you haven’t seen in a while, you’ll lift their spirits as well as your own.

Sing!  In the car, in the shower, just sing! People who sing along to their favorite songs are 81 percent less likely to fall into a funk, according to researchers who say it’s another way to kick start the production of endorphins.

From Loan Officer Eddie Kirby

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