Winter can be a rough season for many of us prone to the winter blues. Here are a few things you can do around the house to keep them at bay and lighten up your mood.

Brighten Up Your Home

Because the days are shorter during the winter, the day usually sees less sunlight. Longer periods of darkness have a negative effect on mood, so it’s especially important during the winter to get enough exposure to light. Natural sunlight is ideal, so try to remember to open up your blinds and drapes to let it in! Even better, go outside to soak it up and feel it on your face.

When the sun isn’t shining in your windows at the perfect angle, or when you’re in a part of the house with poor window lighting, turn on the lights. Try not to sit in the dark; it rarely helps.

Simulate Dawn

Because the days are so short, it’s even more important to keep a regular sleep schedule so that you can wake up reasonably early in the morning in order to get as much sunlight as possible. Because it’s darker in the mornings during the winter than it is during other times of the year, it can be much harder to get up—even if you still need to be at work at the same times.

One solution to this is the simulate and earlier and brighter dawn in your room. With appliance modules, you could schedule the lights in your room to turn on in the morning; the light will help your body recognize that it’s time to wake up.

Play Cheery Music

Whenever you start noticing the silence, put on some upbeat and cheery music. If you want to take an extra step, make a playlist of music that makes you smile so that you have it ready to go whenever you need some lightheartedness to fill the air.

Clean Out The Kitchen

Get rid of the alcohol and unhealthy foods that are in your pantry and fridge. Consuming high amounts of sugar, sodium, caffeine, or alcohol aversely impacts your mood and motivation. Throw out the stuff that you know isn’t good for you—and that you know you’ll itch towards when you’re feeling down. Replace them with healthier foods that will boost your mood instead of bury it.  

Ask for Help

Some days, some weeks, it’s just impossible to cook a meal or do the laundry. It’s okay to ask for help when you need it. More often than not, the people who love you are willing and wanting to help you. It makes them feel good, too.

Talking to a professional can lead you to the help you need, as well.