It’s that time of year – the holidays are over but the weather is still crappy and gray, and there are months to go with no end in sight. Winter weather blues can get to the best of us (or maybe you live somewhere like Seattle, where a list like this might come in handy all year long!).
Either way, here are 8 things you might not have thought to try that are sure to lift a gray mood!
Lightheartedness is good for the soul, so take some of the weight off your shoulders with this fun addition to your desk. In all seriousness, you could use it for those smaller decisions, and it could spark the desire to re-prioritize your entire list.
Know what’s happier than a stiff drink (which I highly recommend)? A stiff drink with smiley face ice cubes staring back at you! Not to mention it’s thought that dehydration negatively impacts your mood, so keep ice cubes and a glass of water handy.
It’s been scientifically proven that light levels have a direct impact on mood, energy levels, and motivation. If you haven’t given a light like this a shot and you struggle with seasonal blues, it might be time to give it a try!
There’s nothing cozier than a warm cup of tea on a chilly night, and there are plenty of options that have proven effects on mood and overall health, as well. Rose buds are packed with vitamins said to have a positive influence on nasty things like menstrual pain, stress, and anxiety.
It’s the most important meal of the day, leading to improved concentration and performance, so if something like a fun toaster can make you excited to eat first thing in the morning, go for it! I like this one, but there are plenty of cute options.
Clutter leads to a decrease in productivity, and that can certainly have an impact on your mood when you’re trapped in your house or office. These paper clips come in a neat box AND they’re shaped like elephants – how can you not smile?
Similar to the Chinese art of acupuncture, the mat uses stimulation points to increase circulation, mood, and energy levels.
Heat and aromatherapy wrapped up in a cozy scarf? Sign me up! Like everything else good in life, all you need to heat it up is the microwave.