Short days, low temperatures, less exercise, and more unhealthy food the calling cards of winter can add up to a case of the blues. Unless you know how to keep your spirits lifted, that is. These seven simple tools can help your mood stay sunny, even when it's dark at 5 p.m. Try to do at least one of them every day, and make this the year that winter doesn't bring you down.
When you think mood remedy, you likely think of antidepressants or talk therapy. While there's a time and a place for everything including consulting a medical professional about your emotional well-being many powerful happiness promoters are elegantly simple. These techniques can supplement a more formal path of treatment, or can help you stay on track if the fluctuations in your mood are mild.
Call a friend
Numerous studies show that people with the strongest social networks are happier and healthier than their more isolated peers. Yes, your schedule is likely busy, but saying you don't have time for your friends is like saying you don't have time to be happy. Pick up the phone and make a date to do something you'll both enjoy, even if it's just a walk around the neighborhood.