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Beating the Winter Blues

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Let's be honest, with the holidays behind us, we are all ready for spring...especially the team at Weed Man! Budding trees, tulips and that beautiful green turfgrass, there's nothing better. Unfortunately though, we still have a few months to go in Knoxville. So, while we wait it out, let's talk about some of the things you can do to beat the Winter Blues.
 

Family / Friend Time

The winter is a great time to make an effort to catch up with friends and family that you haven’t seen in a while, or even those that you have seen recently. Getting together with people you love and that care about you can be great for mental health and get your mind off winter depression. Socializing, no matter the form, is good for you and getting together with loved ones can rekindle relationships and lead you towards new experiences, even in the winter cold.


Learn Something New

Try a new hobby. Is there something that you’ve always wanted to learn but have come to realize that you don’t have the time to do it? If you’re feeling the winter blues, finding something to keep your mind off of feeling down can not only keep your mind active but give you something to look forward to on a daily or weekly basis. If you try a new hobby and don’t like it, try something new. There are many activities in the Knoxville, TN area you could try. And why not ask a friend to join you?!


Get More Light

Light boxes are a great type of seasonal affective disorder treatment. These boxes provide a light that is 10 times brighter than any home or office lighting. Try sitting in front of a light box for 30 minutes to an hour each day to help you feel better. Lights similar to light boxes can also be built in to alarm clocks, simulating the sun rising gradually as your alarm goes off, allowing you to wake up to a well-lit environment.
 

Watch What You Eat

Following a healthy diet during the winter months can help with mood, energy and keeping those extra pounds off. You may notice that you want to eat warm carbs during the winter but try to balance those cravings with fruits and veggies.
 

Seek Warmth

Staying warm in the winter can help you stay positive throughout the season. Consider consuming warm drinks, eating hot food and dressing in warm clothing, and in layers. The colder you are, the more depressed you may feel and if you’re able to keep your body warm, you mood will be better too.
 

Get Outside

If you're not a fan of the cold, this may not sound like the most fun idea on the list, but going out during the day to see the natural daylight can allow your body to feel better.
 

Exercise

Try to get outside for a walk during the warmest part of the day, or make an effort to get to the gym to keep your activity up. Not only does keeping active help you stay fit, it also releases endorphins to help you feel better.
 

Stay warm, Knoxville!