The holidays are over, the days are shorter, and the cold weather is officially here to stay. It can be enough to bring anyone down! The winter blues can get even the best of us, but thankfully there are many ways to lift your spirits and beat the blues this winter. Here’s how!

Treat yourself.

Do something each day that makes you happy. During the winter months, it’s good to take time for those little things that can boost your mood and give you something to look forward to. Whether it’s visiting your favorite coffee shop or just listening to your favorite music, try to schedule one of these treats every day and boost your personal happiness!

Stay active.

Exercising on a regular basis can not only help beat the winter blues, but also lower your stress levels. We know, it can be difficult to stay inspired to exercise during the winter months. Try searching for a special exercise class or indoor sport you’ve always wanted to try. Talk yourself into taking a walk for just 15-30 minutes a day a few times a week (even when it’s freezing outside!) and you’ll reap big rewards when it comes to improving your focus and lowering stress.

Eat good food.

It can tempting to reach for those hearty comfort foods during the winter months. However, including more foods rich in vitamins, which you may be short of, can help lift your mood. Chocolate, bananas, and nuts and just a few of the good foods packed with mood-lifting vitamins that make a great remedy for low energy levels.

Make time for others.

It can be easy to fixate on our own problems and focus only on our bluesy mood, so taking the time to make someone else smile is a great way to take your mind off your problems and increase your sense of fulfillment. Find a way to volunteer in your community or make someone smile with a thoughtful gift or gesture.

Brighten up your space.

The lack of sunlight during the winter months leaves many of us longing for more daylight hours. Opening up those blinds or curtains and sitting closer to windows whenever possible can help you get an extra dose of sunshine while staying indoors.

It’s been scientifically proven that flowers also have the ability to boost your mood. Having fresh flowers in a room can make you feel energized, alleviate stress, and create more positive feelings. The best part is you no longer have to venture out into the cold for these mood-boosters. Zinnia will hand-deliver fresh flowers right to your door. If you know someone who could also use a lift from the winter blues, you can brighten their day with Zinnia and send fresh flowers to their home or office. Check out our new flower arrangements available in three new bouquet sizes!

Using these tips, you can improve your overall happiness this winter season and keep the seasonal blues far away.

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