For many of us, by mid to late January, the winter blues have set in. The merriment of the holidays has worn off, and here in the west, it’s cold. Wicked cold in some places. Couple that with the sun rarely making appearances and it’s a mean cocktail for feeling down.
Many experts (I’m guessing these are the same folks who have seen unicorns) will suggest exercise as a way of staving off depression or Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). From what I understand, it has something to do with releasing brain chemicals that make you feel good. It just sounds like a trap to me. A way to get me to buy workout clothes, wherein I’ll look like a busted can of biscuits.
Don’t despair. There are some other great ways to cheer yourself up this winter as you pine for spring.
Here are 8 ways to cure your winter blues that don’t involve exercise:
- Spend a weekend with your parents. Imagine what it would be like if you had to move in. Be thankful you don’t.
- Are you taking an algebra class? No? So then, it could be worse?
- Look around for something sharp. Stick it in your eyeball. Then take it out. You’ll instantly feel better.
- Those health experts also recommend drinking something “healthy and invigorating”. Red wine is made from grapes, which means it’s fruit salad. And after a few glasses, you’ll feel smarter, confident, better looking and obviously more invigorated.
- Pause and give thanks that you’re not a New England Patriots fan. If you ARE a Patriots fan, this is probably where all your problems are coming from. I can’t help you. (By the way, this has nothing to do with the fact that the Packers aren’t going to the Super Bowl, *choke back sob*).
- It’s not an election year, so…there’s that.
- Watch the red carpet coverage of the Academy Awards. Take comfort in the fact that although you may not wear couture, you get to eat.
- Remind yourself that you’re not a Kardashian. You could be a Kardashian.
I’d love to hear your advice for curing the winter blues without exercise. Please leave your comments here or on Twitter!