When the weather is cold and the skies are dark and cloudy, it’s easier to feel down and despondent. If you struggle with gloomy feelings during the winter, it’s good to know that there’s help and hope available to you without a prescription depression drug. Of course, you’ll want to check with your physician before making any changes to your health regimen.

Spring is Around the Corner

Some people start feeling down just as soon as the first cold, cloudy day rolls in. Don’t let this happen to you! To stay happy and peaceful during the winter, focus your time and energy on things that bring you joy.

See the beauty that the winter months have to offer. If you’re really struggling to see any beauty at all in the gloom of winter, all you need are a few simple ideas to jump-start your thinking in a positive direction.

Consider these tips to help you gain a more positive mindset during winter:

1. Buy a sun lamp. A sun lamp gives you the light you need even when it’s gloomy outside and works much better to help your mood than just turning on all the lights in your house.

2. Take a vacation. Travel to somewhere sunny and warmer each winter, even if only for a couple of days. Looking forward to your annual getaway will lift your spirits during the time before you go, too.

3. Get outside. When the sun does come out, even if it’s otherwise cold, take advantage of it. When your body is deprived of sunlight, it has a harder time making vitamin D. If you can get some sun, though, you’ll feel better and you’ll be better able to make it through until spring arrives with its longer, sunnier days.

4. Find activities that bring you joy. Read that book you’ve always wanted to read or engross yourself in a new TV sitcom that comes on in winter. Perhaps learning to ski or snowboard can bring you the mental and physical benefits of exercising while also finding a way to enjoy the winter weather.

Depression is Treatable – Even if it’s Only Occasional

It’s important to treat depression. If your feelings of depression run deep, you may want to talk to your doctor about the kinds of treatment options that would be best for you. If you’re only getting bummed out and unhappy during the winter, though, focusing on strategies that work during the winter is the best way to shake those winter blues.

You can choose to be joyful. Focus on the things that matter to you and make you happy. Winter is only a season, and you’ll have spring, summer, and fall to do all kinds of great things outside in the sunshine. Remember, anything you can do when it’s dark outside, you can do on a gloomy winter day.

If you have hobbies that lend themselves to indoor activity, you’ll have more to keep your mind occupied as you move through the winter. The cold days will pass more quickly if you have something to do to occupy your time, and spring will arrive before you know it.

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4 Common Self-Sabotaging Tactics to Avoid

by Kevin on November 19, 2014

Do you find yourself repeating behaviors that sabotage your success? Are you ready to put your limiting behavior to rest in favor of a better outlook and greater fulfillment?

The first step to the success you crave is being able to recognize the limiting beliefs that stand in the way of your success. Once you do, you can banish those beliefs in favor of more empowering ones.

Look for these self-sabotaging tactics in your life, so you can replace them with more productive thoughts that support your success:

1. Settling. Settling for less than your best causes you to stop short of unleashing your fullest potential. Sometimes you settle for less because you’re scared of encountering failure. Other times, you may settle simply because you lack awareness of your own strength.

• Test your strength constantly by going out of your comfort zone. Face your fears, because more often than not, your fear is the only obstacle between you and ultimate success.

2. Expecting too much from others. When you automatically expect help from others, or anticipate that others will bail you out of a tough situation, you’re expecting too much. You are only responsible for yourself.

• Even if your friends and family have helped you in the past, they may choose to let you fend for yourself this time around. Always be prepared to suffer the consequences of your actions and clean up your own mess. Choose a more sensible path that takes into account that you may journey to your destination alone.

3. You feel sorry for yourself. If your current situation causes you to feel like something’s missing, change your circumstances. Instead of dwelling on what could have been and focusing on the unfortunate hand you’ve been dealt, seek to learn from every experience and focus on solutions, instead of problems.

• Your success is your responsibility. Hold yourself accountable for your results and allow unfortunate situations to steer you toward success, instead of deterring you from achieving your dreams. By maintaining this mindset, even your worst trial will be far better than remaining on the sidelines of life.

4. Lack of a second plan. If your initial plan gives less than desired results, your only chance at success is your ability to adapt. Everyone needs a Plan B. You may feel like a pessimist by planning for an unfortunate outcome, but this planning is actually proactive. It shows your mind that you’re serious about reaching your desired destination.

• Ensure your financial security, mental health, and well-being by always planning for the worst while hoping for the best.

If you often find yourself doing any of these self-sabotaging behaviors that hinder your chances of success, decide that today is going to be a new day. The important thing is that you recognize the thought patterns and behaviors that limit you and head in a new direction that supports your success.

Replace stinking thinking with a productive, solution-oriented focus that tells your mind you deserve the success you seek. When you do, your success is inevitable.

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