If the short days and low temps have you down, a shock to the system might help you break out of the winter blues and avoid Seasonal Affective Disorder. Photo by Jim Sher.
It's not uncommon to feel down in the dumps in the winter time. Fortunately, there are plenty of things you can do to help yourself. You can expose yourself to more light, spend time with friends and family and make sure you get plenty of exercise. If that's not doing enough for you, however, Julia Brenner at Apartment Therapy has an outside-of-the-box suggestion: do something that scares you a little bit. Give stand-up comedy a try, belt out a song in front of strangers at karaoke night, take a class that has always intimidated you or go on a solo trip somewhere you've never had the courage to go alone. Find something that freaks you out a little bit and let that adrenaline rush perk you right back up. What scary thing would you do to break out of the winter blues?
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