10 Ways To Shed The Winter Blues At Work
Winter doesn’t end until March 20th, so we still have quite a ways to go until life is back to roses and sunshine. And right about now the winter blues are probably hitting you hard, especially at work.
The “winter blues” is actually a real affliction. Seasonal affective disorder (SAD) is a type of depression brought on by the changes in seasons. “About 4 to 6 percent of people may have winter depression. Another 10 to 20 percent may have mild SAD. SAD is four times more common in women than in men. Although some children and teenagers get SAD, it usually doesn’t start in people younger than age 20,” according to American Family Physician.
But whether you are suffering from SAD or a just feeling a little down during this season, we have 10 ways to beat the winter blues at the office — we know that’s where you’re spending most of your time anyway.
Go Towards The Light
During the wintertime, it gets dark early–and if you head off to work in the early morning and come home late, you will miss the sunshine (that is if it’s not a gray day). This can be downright depressing. “The major reason for SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder) is lack of light associated with shorter days. If you feel seriously affected, talk to your doctor about special ultra-bright lights that you can use daily, or other treatments that may ease seasonal depression. But if you’re just a little under the (gloomy) weather, find light whenever you can,” reported CBS News.
Do Some Early Spring Cleaning
When your desk is messy it can leave you feeling frustrated and out of sorts. Now is a good time to de-clutter your workspace. “Let your workspace inspire you. Make your desk, cubicle, or office a place of clarity and calm where you can really think, breathe, and get things done,” reported Inc.
Make A Goal, And Achieve It
If you’re feeling like every day is the same, and the fact that it’s the winter makes those feelings stronger, why not shake things up by setting an aggressive professional goal for yourself? Pursue a promotion. Finish up a long-neglected project. Or start a job search. You don’t have to wait for the spring to seek out greener pastures.
Takeout & A Walk
Grab a co-worker and take a nice walk to grab takeout for lunch. This gives you some outdoor time as well as friend time. “You’ll all get out into the light, boost your endorphins with exercise, and possibly become a closer team in the process,” reported CBS News.
An Apple A Day…
Eating healthy will actually brighten your mood. “Stop making food selections based on convenience or emotional impulse. Up your intake of fruits and vegetables instead of reaching for sugary or salty snacks. If you eat meat, choose grilled high-grade meats over processed or fast-food. If you eat healthy, what you think and feel will be healthy,” reported Inc.
Let Some Music In
Music will lift your spirits. Of course, you can’t blast it in the office for all to hear, but you can have your own private party on your headphones. “Set the soundtrack to your stamina. Listen to upbeat, dance tunes during your commute and while sitting at your desk with ear buds. Just don’t bother your cubicle neighbors,” reported Inc.
Make Good Use Of Your Weekends
Have fun on your weekend, especially if you have a three-day weekend. Take a mini-vacay! “If you dread Mondays more than another winter storm, use a few vacation days to turn every other week into an abbreviated one. Plan fun activities or a quick getaway on your extended weekend — or nothing at all. Several shorter work weeks now may do more for your spirits than the promise of a slightly longer vacation in the summer months,” reported Monster.com.
Move Your Body, Change Your Mood
It may be tough to get started, but exercising does leave you in a good mood. There, of course, are many other benefits to exercising–better health, more energy–but it could even lead to a promotion. There have been numerous studies that prove a majority of successful business people consistently work out. “Kick-starting your day with an energetic workout could kick-start your career and kick those winter blues to the curb,” reported Monster.com.
Get Your Ski On
Debunk the myth that Black folks don’t do winter sports and in the process kick off those winter blues. Swore off skiing years ago? Give it another chance. “Embrace the colder season by taking part in winter activities like snowshoeing, cross country skiing, ice skating and playing with your kids in the snow,” efficiency expert Andrew Jensen, founder & CEO of Sozo Firm, Inc., a business consulting firm, told CBS News.
The Early Bird…
Get up a little earlier than normal and use the time to boost your mood for the day. “Wake up 30 minutes earlier in the morning to do something that typically gets overlooked or missed out on. Whether it’s reading the newspaper, chatting with your children, or snuggling with your partner, getting this time in will change your outlook on your day and week,” reported Inc.