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

 

COLOR YOURSELF HAPPY

It's no secret that we tend to associate sadness with colors like grey and happiness with colors like yellow, so why not use those mental cues to "trick" your brain into being in a cheerier mood? That doesn't mean you have to paint your whole room banana-yellow (though we imagine that'd transform even the dullest board room into a lively space). You can just as easily baby-step your way into designing a brighter atmosphere for yourself by adding a few pops of crimson, teal, or magenta on pillows, rugs or picture frames. If you'd like to maximize the sunlight that you do have in your room, using mirrors to reflect and bounce it around is a tried and true interior designer tip. Read on for another way to add vibrancy to a dull room.

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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