Gallery: 6 Green Ways to Ward Off the Winter Blues (a.k.a. Seasonal Aff...

 

PLANT THERAPY

Aside from cleaning the air around you and giving your space a pretty focal point, did you know that plants are also known to make you feel happier and more productive? If your office or home is in need of a little pick me up, try placing a houseplant or better yet, a terrarium, in a visible spot and watch your demeanor improve!

WINDOWHOP

It’s easy to get depressed when your work schedule has you getting less sun than Edward Cullen (you’ve got the sickly pallor to match and it’s not nearly as sexy on you). If you’re lucky enough to at least have a window in your workspace, open those shades and try to angle your desk so that you’re able to bask in the sun (don’t forget to wear sunblock, even in the winter months). For those of us whose windows face brick walls or even worse, are non-existent, try to soak up any bit of sun you can by finding a sunny spot to sit in during lunchtime to battle seasonal affective disorder symptoms. Better yet? Ask your boss to install a faux LED skylight. Aside from making your day more pleasant, they’ve been shown to improve productivity up to 15%.

D-STRESS

Since we get a lot of our vitamin D by soaking up the sun’s rays, a deficiency of this vital nutrient could very well be what is causing your foul cold weather mood. Luckily there are lot of delicious foods that you can eat to bump up your intake of D from shiitake mushrooms to salmon. Click here for a list of the foods with the most vitamin D and work them into your winter diet to ward off the winter blues.

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