Everybody gets the blues from time to time. However, there are a number of simple things you can do to chase them away.

  • Feel the Light
    One of the reasons for the blues is the reduced amount of natural light. If you are indoors most of the time, take a look at the amount of natural light you’re exposed to. If it’s all recessed lighting, and very few windows, this can impact your mood. Try to get more sun by sitting outside, going for walks or doing another outdoor activity. If you can’t get outdoors, sit by a window to get more sunlight.

  • Exercise
    Keeping active is always a good thing and working out – whether it is a walk around the block or lifting weights – any kind of exercise can help clear your mind of negative thoughts.

  • Use Art and Music to Help You to Feel Better
    Fun music, a laugh-out-loud TV show, an exciting movie – fill your mind and life with cheerful or fun movies and music to improve your mood.

  • Get Some Sleep
    Studies show there is a link between lack of sleep and feeling down, so make sure you get 7-8 hours of sleep each night.

  • Volunteer
    They say it’s better to give than to receive. Volunteer for a local charity and feel the joy that comes from doing good for others. If you can’t get out, there may be things you can do from home.

  • Think of the Good Things in Your Life
    Begin your day by thinking of three things you’re most thankful for in your life – this may help change your outlook.

  • Avoid Drinking to Excess
    If you’re drinking alcohol, only drink a small amount. Alcohol is a depressant and can increase the sad feelings you may have.

  • Eat Smart
    It’s okay to treat yourself sometimes, but eating too many foods with sugar and fat isn’t healthy. Sugar can also act as a depressant, increasing the blues.

  • Plan Fun Things
    You don’t need to sit inside and stare out the window on days with bad weather. Plan to do fun things whether it’s having a game night with friends, watching a movie, or going out to eat. Planning something fun will keep you excited for the future and will also take your mind off any sad thoughts.

  • Take a Break
    When things are getting tense, take 15 minutes to take a deep breath and step away from the situation.

  • Turn towards
    Friends and Family Don’t keep your emotions to yourself and try to “go it alone” because you don’t want to bother people. Turn towards your support network of friends and family during your rough patches.

Call for Help

If you’re finding things are too difficult – call your doctor or a mental health professional for assistance.