How to Beat the Winter Blues
Winter has hit Tennessee at a full force (for now). With the recent time change, darkness is creeping in earlier and bringing along even colder weather. The days become shorter and moods began to drop. The winter blues are here. It doesn’t just affect you at home; It hits you at the office too.
How do you combat the winter blues and stay productive at work?
Take a Three-Day Weekend
It’s no surprise that when SAD sets in that it becomes harder to drag yourself to work. To help keep yourself from burning out, take a vacation day on a Friday or a Monday and give yourself a little extra time to have “me time.” The short work week will also give you something to look forward to and gives you a boost to your spirit.
Leave the Office for Lunch
Have an errand that you need to run after work? Do it during lunch. Skip delivery and go pick up your food. Getting fresh air can help lift your spirits when the winter blues have set in. Stretch your legs and spend some time not trapped inside a building.
Dress to Impress
It’s very easy to fall into wearing clothes that are big, cozy, warm, and comfortable when it’s ice cold outside. When getting ready for work, pull yourself out of that warm bed and give yourself the extra time to still get up and get ready like you would during the summer. Sometimes the comfortable clothes that you feel like would be self-soothing do the opposite. They can end up making you feel frumpy and negatively impact your mood.
Have Family and/or Friend Time
When the winter blues hit, you tend to want to sit at home alone and do nothing. It’s important to keep yourself and your family active. “Having a work-life balance reaps rewards at the office too.” -Krista Jones. Here are some things to keep yourself (and your family) moving in the winter.
- Host a movie night. Invite people over and make popcorn, drinks, and eat snacks.
- Create an indoor obstacle course out of pillows, toys, furniture, and other items to create fun competition that burns off some of that stored energy.
- Create an indoor fort. This one isn’t just for the kids. Create a fort and set up lights and a laptop and turn on a movie.
- “Have a summer day! Dress in fun summer clothes, play summer music, make tropical drinks. For little kids, fill up the bathroom and put on bathing suits and “go swimming!””- Krista Jones, M Force Staffing Account Manager
- Go to sporting events. In Knoxville, there are TONS of sports always going on in the winter. Check out UT Basketball, Ice Bears,
- Immerse yourself in activities. In Market Square, they set an outdoor ice skating rink. They also have holiday-themed markets, art shows, and many many more events. There are Christmas plays on campus and off campus.
- Give back to the community. Take a day to volunteer at a local non-profit or give a helping hand to your neighbor. Offer to pick up necessities for them when you go shopping or shovel their driveway (if TN gets snow).