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2X4: It's Getting Dark Outside, Keep Your House Happy!

If you feel sluggish, under the weather or just plain not yourself during the winter, you’re not alone. Roughly 20 percent of the population starts to feel down as the days become shorter, but don’t fret – your house might hold the remedy! Here are four home-related fixes to help keep the blues at bay:

Photo 1: BexCaliber | Etsy 

Make Your Bed. It may seem like a pain, but making your bed in the morning is directly correlated to increased productivity and happiness throughout the rest of the day, even when it’s cold and dark outside. This three-minute task can boost your happiness because it’s what experts call a keystone habit, meaning it leads to other good habits. Think about it – if you make your bed, you’re more likely to get other small tasks like washing the dishes out of the way, too.

Drink Coffee. If you’re looking for another reason to have that second cup of Joe, does general happiness give you enough incentive? A moderate amount of caffeine affects your body in very positive ways because it modulates the release of mood transmitters. (In other words, it gives you a brain boost!) If you don’t want to spend tons of money on your daily caffeine fix, brew at home. If you want your java to taste amazing, be sure to clean your coffee maker regularly.

Photo 4: Smile Mercantile | Etsy 

Use Light Therapy. If you're not getting as much natural light in your most-used rooms as the photo above, you might want to consider buying a therapeutic lamp, which emulates natural UV rays and emits more light than fluorescent bulbs. Before starting any light therapy, read this article by the Mayo Clinic to learn more about the process. If you’d rather try to brighten up your dark room naturally, read: Four Ways to Brighten a Gloomy Room.

Embrace the Season. Instead of sitting inside and lamenting the lack of sun, try to embrace the season! What other time of year is it socially acceptable to basically cover everything in glitter and gold? Or bring a live tree inside and cover it with things you love? Light a roaring fire and cozy up with a warm, delicious drink. ‘Tis the season.

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