Although snowbirds love our winter weather, many Floridians struggle through the cold and gray days that can occur this time of year. We aren’t used to this type of weather, and when it lingers (usually for just a few days) we start to long for summer and experience the winter blues. Seasonal Affective Disorder is a real thing, and studies indicate that approximately 275,000 of Floridians suffer from it (Tweet This). When it’s gray, cold, and rainy outside and you’re at work or school, it can make you feel sleepy and maybe even a little sad. You’re counting the hours until it’s time to go home, but what can you do to cheer yourself up in the meantime?

Wear bright colors. It might be dreary outside, but your outfit doesn’t have to be. Try wearing brighter or lighter colors; avoid the dark clothing in your closet. Break out the green, orange, pink, purple, white, and yellow clothes to brighten up your day.

Update that wallpaper. Another helpful tip to bring sunshine to your day is to change your computer background to a beach scene or something tropical. If you can’t change your computer background, change your wallpaper/lock-screen on your personal device.

Change your surroundings. Your cubicle or classroom may have no windows (and even if they did, you wouldn’t be happy with the dreary view), but you can still improve your surroundings. Buy colorful office/school supplies to stimulate your brain to feel happy and cheerful. You can also try to decorate your cubicle with joyful and inspiring artwork and if you’re at school, you can do the same with you binders and folders.

Try a light therapy lamp. If you’re not getting the amount of sun exposure you want, try investing in a light therapy lamp. Light therapy is daily exposure to an artificial bright light that mimics the sun. It’s a great solution for people who have problems waking up in the morning as well as those that are tired during the day. If it’s overcast outside and you’re starting feel down, maybe a light therapy lamp could literally brighten up your day! (Tweet This).

Get some exercise. Working out can help lift your mood when the weather has you down. Exercising will help decrease your stress level and give you more energy to fight the winter blues. Working out in the mornings can help start your day off all bright and cheery and prepare you for the cold blast of the day.

Listen to some feel-good music. When the weather has you down and you don’t want to go outside because it’s too cold, but you’re all caught up on your TV shows and bored out of your mind, one of the best things you can do is listen to happy music. Fast, upbeat music can help you stop thinking negative thoughts and put you in a happy state of mind.

Remember, there’s colder places than Florida. Turn on the Weather Channel and check out the winter weather folks “up north” are suffering through to help give you some context about our brief cold fronts. Winter doesn’t last long here in Florida – spring only lasts a few days for us and summer will be here sooner than you know it!

If you’re feeling a bit dreary this time of year, use this information to help you enjoy your day regardless of the weather or temperature. If you have any tips to get rid of the winter blues, please comment below.

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