Let’s face it – the long winter month’s are here, and yes, they can be a real drag for some of us. The cold weather and darkness can take their toll on our emotional state and it’s important to let the light in, both literally and figuratively speaking. There are many of us who rush off to work in the wee hours of the morning, to return home to a dark night without having a mere glimpse of the sun throughout the day. This dull routine can run its course, but have no fear – there are many great remedies to ward off the winter blues.
The lack of natural sunlight can make it tempting for us to go into hibernation mode. Don’t do it! Even if you don’t have time to go jogging or make it to the gym, walk that extra mile instead of taking the quickest route home. A little extra exercise is a great for the mind and body. Physical exercise is also known to increase serotonin and endorphin levels, leading to a more positive mood.
It goes without saying that Italians love to eat well. During the winter months, it’s even taken up a notch. Recipes become richer and the kitchen is transformed into a place of warmth and refuge to shelter from the frightful winter weather taking place outside. Make some extra time to try that new recipe you’ve always wanted to make and enjoy mealtime with friends and family.
Get Off Facebook, Turn Off The TV
While it may seem comforting to watch TV or socialize through social media, studies have shown that it may not be the best remedy to counter the winter blues. Facebook and Twitter are great ways to stay connected with family and friends, but use them in small doses. The weather outside is frightful and don’t want to leave your home? There are many other things you can do to boost your mood. Dust off that book you bought over the summer and get lost in the pages of a great story. Have you always wanted to learn a foreign language? There are tons of free resources online. Give Duolingo a try and brush up on your Italian or have a shot at an even more difficult language like Russian, which was just released this week for English speakers! It’s important to keep your mind stimulated, and what better time to do so than winter.
Brighten Up Your Home
Make up for the lack of natural sunlight by adding some additional lighting to your home’s décor. Light has been known to play a therapeutic role in battling the winter blues and you should create a bright atmosphere while you’re cooped up inside. There are tons of great ways to add some brightness to your interior spaces with an awesome touch of style. Check out some of our designer lighting solutions sourced directly from Italy.
Reconnect With Old Friends
Wintertime is a great occasion to rekindle old friendships while working to establish new ones. Take the time to reconnect and indulge in the simple things in life. It’s so easy to get lost in our busy routines, but make that extra effort to reach out to friends that you may have lost touch with over the course of the year. Laugh over a bottle of good wine, indulge in some amazing food and enjoy the great company. The winter months can be cold and dark, but follow these simple tips to let the light in and create a warmth that will set the right mood for the holiday season.