2. Call Your Mom
Calling your mom can legitimately relieve stress. It’s science. So, if you haven’t spoken to your mom or that mom-like figure in your life in a while, give them a shout.
3. Call Your Mom’s Dog
Dog’s can “reduce stress, anxiety and depression, ease loneliness, encourage exercise and improve your all-around health,” according to the National Alliance on Mental Illness. If you don’t have a dog, reach out to friends or family who do and offer to take their pooch for a walk. Or, go volunteer at an animal shelter. This one has the added benefits that come with volunteering — like lower blood pressure.
4. Get Moving
This is probably the last thing you want to hear when you’re in a seasonal slump but it’s so effective, it has to be said. If the weather has you down, go get some exercise.
Ways to motivate yourself:
- Think of it as literally running from your problems
- Reward yourself with a Purpus (or two) at the end of it
- Get one of your friends to chase you around the block (and don’t cancel on them)
- Recreate the famous stairs scene from Rocky
If crafting isn’t your thing, don’t worry. Starting any sort of project can take your mind off of the cold, dark weather outdoors, giving you something to feel purposeful about.