This time of year, people who work indoors get a measly half hour or so of bright light a day. That's compared with about 90 minutes a day in summer. And on darker days, you may reap darker moods. "The sun rises later in winter, so circadian rhythms and sleep/wake signals shift as well," says Michael Terman, Ph.D., a professor of psychology at Columbia University. "Yet work tends to stay the same, so you're forced to go to bed and wake up earlier than what feels natural," he says, "a mismatch that can be a formula for depression." Unless you fight back. Whatever the cause of your winter blues, these tips will bring on a brighter state of being -- no matter what it's doing outside.
1. Get outside
Studies suggest that being outdoors encourages mood-boosting behaviors like socializing and exercising, making you feel more alive! Bundle up, build a bonfire and roast s'mores, or skip the treadmill and go ice-skating in your backyard, instead, with a small Personalized Backyard Ice