The third Monday in January is said to be the most depressing day of the year. So what causes this? I’ve explored a couple options and solutions below! If you’re feeling a little extra down this coming week, try out some these green ways to keep away the blues!
Lack of Sunlight
This definitely gets me! Leaving for work in the dark and coming home from work in the dark is enough to make anyone feel blue. Try going for a walk at your lunch hour! Get some excessive, fresh air and a blast of vitamin D. It’s also a good idea to take some Vitamin D tablets in the winter, as a lack of this vitamin can have you feeling depressed.
Lack of Exercise/Fresh Air
It’s easy to get into a habit of coming home from work and snuggling up in a warm blanket in front of the TV. Not a bad way to spend the odd evening, but too much can have you feeling bored and blue. In addition to going out at your lunch hour, make sure you’re getting outside on the weekends instead of staying cooped up. A walk outside will do you much better than a dark basement gym! Check here for some fun and inexpensive outdoor winter activities!
Food isn’t Fresh and Satisfying
Nothing grows in the winter around here, right? Well greenhouses have in season veggies all year round so that you can swap that canned food for fresh. There is something about fresh food that can lift spirits, and it can be hard to by for a good price in the middle of winter. Check out what veggies are in season and hit up your local farmers market! Browsing isles of fresh produce will take away the winter blues in an instance!
Not Keeping up with your New Years Resolutions
Three weeks from New Years, and maybe you haven’t been keeping up with your goals as well as you’d hoped. Goals don’t need to be set in stone, and you still have time to re-evaluate and re-focus. Was your goal too broad or too specific? Try readjusting it to fit you better. You can also see if a friend is willing to work at a goal alongside you. Did you try and Green Resolutions? Let me know how you’re doing!
Too Much Snow
Visit some local green places, like a botanical garden or farmers market. A plant for your house will also do the trick, and will bring some fresh oxygen to your rooms in the stale winter.
Get outside, get some exercise and eat healthy… No one has ever said that before. But it can really help you get through the winter blues and back to the green spring. Try out some of these ways to bring some green to your winter. I hope it helps!