Whether you’ve had a lot of snow or none at all, winter can make you batty — especially after Groundhog Day, when you’re just itching for spring and there’s still so many cold days in sight! These days, we cannot predict the weather. It could be mild one day, and absolutely frosty the other. The winter blues haven’t gone away, they’ve just changed. And that’s where we come in. We’re here to help you beat the winter blues with 10 pick-me-ups that will turn your gloomy days into sunny ones:
10 small household changes that can help you beat the winter blues
Bring the sunshine inAdd some sunny yellow to your kitchen. In Feng Shui, yellow is thought to be cheerful and uplifting. Try adding yellow accessories like this great stool or even replacing bland cupboard doors with bright ones you'll appreciate all year long.
Ikea Bernhard Bar stool with backrest, $149 at Ikea.Ikea
Think Pink!Another great hue for mood improvement is pink. Thought to encourage unconditional love for others and yourself, painting a wall or whole room in this colour can help banish the blues. Farrow & Ball's Pink Ground is almost a neutral but is pink enough without being magenta or bubble gum. Try it where you eat, in a dining room or at the kitchen table.
Farrow & Ball Pink Ground, $99 USD for one gallon, at Farrow & Ball.Farrow and Ball
Sunrise SimulatorWhen you're feeling down, there's nothing worse than the sound of your alarm clock in the morning. Always start your day with the sun—no matter what time you wake up—with this Wake-Up light that simulates the sunrise, while playing a choice of sounds from nature.
Philips HF3520 Wake-Up Light Coloured Sunrise Simulation, $160 at Amazon.Amazon
Room With A ViewDecorate your walls with an oversized piece of art—better yet, make it a landscape of somewhere sunny and warm. It'll give you something to look at when the view out the window is far too depressing.
Summer Valley Landscape Photography, $17 to $519 (depending on size), at Etsy.Etsy
Delightful DishesNo matter what you cook (or take out), make your meal more cheerful with colourful, printed dishes. This is a cheap and cheerful solution to chasing those winter blahs away.
Ikea Överens Plate, $5 at Ikea. Ikea
Bedroom BotanicalsLiterally add life to your bedroom with plants. Waking up to some greenery can put a spring (and the feeling of spring) in your step. Worried that your thumb isn't green enough and that dying plants will only add to your blues? Go faux!
West Elm Fiddle Leaf Fig Branch, $39 at West Elm. Smile-Inducing ArtWest Elm
Happy ArtPick a cheap and cheerful print to hang in your hall or by your front door, so you see it as you leave and enter your home each day. How could you look at this whimsical, happy fox and not smile?
Smiling Fox Print, $8.68 at Etsy. Etsy
A Change In The AirWinter months in cold climates can mean dry air, dry skin and a general feeling of dreariness. Replicate the air in more humid climates, breathe easier and even look healthier with a room humidifier in a cheery hue.
Crane Ultrasonic Cool Mist Drop Shape Humidifier in Green, $60 at Bed, Bath & Beyond.
UV LampAll humour aside, the winter blues can be more than just feeling bored and a little sad. Seasonal Affective Disorder affects between two and three per cent of Canadians and is classified as depression. Possible treatment includes use of a UV lamp, to help make up for the sunlight you miss during the shortest days of the year.
SADelite Desk Lamp, $239 at Northern Light Technologies.
Zen GardenMeditation is a great way to banish the blues, but it can be a hard habit to learn. This zen garden makes mindfulness easy. Focus your mind by drawing in the sand that's surrounding this simple air plant. When you're done, you'll have created something beautiful and will feel more cheerful.
Air Plant Zen Garden, $56 at Etsy.Etsy