From Winter Blues to Bliss: 5 Steps to Happy

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As the days get shorter and the nights get colder, we all run the risk of becoming grumpy shut-ins. Follow these simple guidelines to boost your energy and improve your mood.

•Exercise: Winter doesn’t have to get in the way of your exercise routine. Work out with a yoga video, stomp through the snow, join a gym.  You need your endorphins now more than ever.

•Socialize: Being around family, friends and neighbors can help to brighten your mood.  Even if you don’t have time for a big break, you can make a phone call, send a postcard, or meet for tea!

•Sleep well: Aim for 7-8 hours each night, and try to keep your bedtime and waking time consistent.

•Pro-activate! Plan fun activities in advance so you have good events to look forward to: A spa day, a massage, a winter hike, a visit with an old friend, anything that brings you joy.

•Sunbathe: Lack of sunlight can cause many people to become depressed. Try to spend a little more time outdoors.  Keep your shades up during the day to let more light in.

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