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We know that planning a wedding and getting through the stress of the holidays can be brutal (been there, done that). We're here to tell you a.) you're going to make it through, and b.) sunny skies are ahead (hopefully, on your honeymoon!). If you're in the throws of the winter blues, here are some of our favorite ways to beat them:
1. Get outside! We know, you're rolling your eyes. But trust us (and medical experts!) here: Even on a cold day, if you can get outside and get at least 15 minutes of direct sunlight (even under cloud cover), you will feel happier for it. Yes, soaking up Vitamin D from the sun helps boost happiness, but also the endorphin rush from walking or jogging.
2. Let there be light. Mental health professionals know the link between shorter days and less sunlight and bad moods. If your house is dark and dreary, invest in some brighter light bulbs. Studies have found that the more light in your space, the brighter your mood (especially in the dark winter months).
3. Coffee break! If you feel guilty about grabbing an afternoon latte, don't. Researchers say that up to two cups of coffee a day may not only give you more energy, but it may also fight off symptoms of depression. Permission to head to Starbucks, stat!
4. Girls night out. While we're on the subject of vices, did you know that people who drink socially are statistically happier and less likely to be depressed than those who abstain from drinking altogether? While, it's arguable whether it's the glass of wine or your gal pals that have this positive effect, we say why not enjoy yourself this week. A drink with the girls can go a long way in the happiness department (even if it's virgin!).
5. Sneak in a nap. While it may seem out of the question, people who nap a few times a week report feeling more stable and happier than those who don't. Brides, we know it's hard to work in a daytime snooze, but get creative! We've heard great stories from readers who have figured out how to get regular, quality zzzs on their lunch hour at work (door closed, head on desk) and still more who make Sunday naps a weekly requirement.