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Four quick ways to beat the winter blues at home

The long winter can start to wear thin on our spirits this time of year. The festive season now whisked away into a distant memory and the notion of spring is still a long time away. It's no wonder our spirits can take a bit of a dive. Here are a few small changes to help you feel a little sunnier regardless of the weather forecast

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Photo by Stacy Brandford

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Photo by Stacy Brandford

The long winter can start to wear thin on our spirits this time of year. The festive season now whisked away into a distant memory and the notion of spring is still a long time away. It’s no wonder our spirits can take a bit of a dive. Here are a few small changes to help you feel a little sunnier regardless of the weather forecast.

1. Bring in the light
Surrounding yourself with natural light will instantly lift your spirits. Bring in as much natural light as possible by pulling back heavier drapes and shades to let in the sunshine. Hang a large mirror opposite the window  – it will double the amount of natural light in the room and create the feel of a more open space.

2. Brighten up with colour
Soft muted tones that mirror the outdoor winter landscape can be a relaxing colour palette. However, if you’re feeling down, the best way to remedy it in your home is to add a pop of bright, vibrant colour. We naturally associate bright colours with summer and sun, so a splash of colour will lift your spirits in no time.

3. Move something
Moving a piece of furniture, or even just altering the position of a piece, will jump-start your brain into creativity and have you thinking optimistically about future plans – decorating or otherwise – and out of that winter slump.

4. Add something green
Whether its cut flowers or a new potted plant, adding some greenery into your abode do wonders for your space. Not just beautiful, green plants also purify the air, which is especially important while cooped up during the winter months. Studies have also shown that having plants in your home can reduce stress and even lower your blood pressure.