Start a new project
Psychiatrist Dr. Ash Nadkarni, an instructor at Harvard Medical School, suggests making a list of activities that help you get out of the house and spend time with your friends. “Take a cooking class that you schedule in the evenings when it gets dark, or learn to ski on snowy weekends,” Dr. Nadkarni says. “Alternatively, take up new interests or hobbies -- learn to play a new instrument, take up a new language, or plan a trip to an exotic location so that you feel motivated to work out. The more you do, the less you avoid, and the more reason you have to debunk negative expectations of the winter.”
Lean into your bad choices
Winter is the time for comfort foods, baggy sweaters, and extra-caloric cocktails. If you decide that you’re going to choose to overindulge during the cold months, then do it with some glee. “If you want to go all out, then just give in to the fact that you might be hungover a little more, and that you might have to wear stretchy pants for a little bit. If you’re doing it, then do it,” Mix says.
In other words, if you really can't escape the winter blues, the best approach might be to lean into the season and count down the days until spring.
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Jess Novak would like to spend the entire winter on a beach, eating cashew butter and petting a French bulldog. Follow her fantasies on Twitter @jesstothenovak and Instagram @jtothenovak.