Browns and greys are perfect colors for many things; brown puppies are adorable, milk chocolate is brown, grey walls in your home are classic and chic, Fifty Shades of Grey sold over one hundred million copies.  But, too much of anything is bad; brown puppies sometimes leave brown messes, milk chocolate can cause unwanted weight gain, the grey walled rooms require pops of color accents, even FSG has a red room.  

February in the northeast can be downright dismal and depressing with the dullness of brown and grey day after day.  It seems like forever since you've felt the warmth of the sun on your face and the “brey days” are turning your grey matter blue.  Holiday bills are high, temperatures are low, and the days are way too short. It is the middle of winter and the winter blues are the only pop of color accenting your browns and greys.

It’s right around this time every year when you start to feel a little bummed. You don't have to wait until Spring to get out of your funk and start smiling again. Here are 9  scientifically proven ways to lift your spirits and ease the winter blues… err browns, greys and blues. 


1. Brighten your environment. When your body is craving more daylight, sitting next to an artificial light—also called a light box—for 30 minutes per day can be as effective as antidepressant medication. Opening blinds and curtains, trimming back tree branches, and sitting closer to windows can also help provide an extra dose of sunshine. 


2. Eat smarter. Foods, like chocolate, can help to enhance your mood and relieve anxiety. Other foods, like candy and carbohydrates provide temporary feelings of euphoria, but could ultimately increase feelings of anxiety and depression. 

3. Simulate dawn. People with Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), a form of depression that usually begins in late fall or early winter and fades as the weather improves, may feel depressed, irritable, lethargic, and have trouble waking up in the morning—especially when it’s still dark out. Studies show that a dawn simulator, a device that causes the lights in your bedroom to gradually brighten over a set period of time, can serve as an antidepressant and make it easier to get out of bed.


4. Exercise. A 2005 study from Harvard University suggests walking fast for about 35 minutes a day five times a week or 60 minutes a day three times a week improved symptoms of mild to moderate depression. Exercising under bright lights may be even better for seasonal depression: A preliminary study found that exercise under bright light improved general mental health, social functioning, depressive symptoms, and vitality, while exercise in ordinary light improved vitality only. Try yoga. to find your inner self and peace.  Yoga is food for the heart and soul.  


5. Tune in. In a 2013 study, researchers showed that listening to upbeat or cheery music significantly improved participant’s mood in both the short and long term.  Choose your genre and exercise the  “brey days” away.


6. Plan a vacation. The beach is calling.  Research shows that the simple act of planning a vacation causes a significant increase in overall happiness. 


7. Help others. Spending time at the soup kitchen for the local shelter or volunteering your time can improve mental health and life satisfaction. The act of helping others is rewarding and humbling.  


8. Get outside. Spending time outside (even when it's chilly!) can improve focus, reduce symptoms of SAD, and lower stress levels.  

9. Reconnect.  Reconnecting with friends and spending time laughing and sharing makes memories that comfort the soul.  This does not mean via social media, but rather Face-2-Face.


Don’t get stuck sitting in your room with grey walls, your adorable chocolate lab puppy and a box of chocolates, while reading FSG… sans a Valentine.  You can always paint your walls orange and adopt another puppy.  Orange is the happiest color!  Or you can wait for Spring… it will be here soon!


 


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Kenny
02/09/2017 17:42

Great article! Great message!

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02/12/2017 07:53

@Kenny, Thank you for reading and liking the article! :-)

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Bright colors really brings the pop in any empty space. Orange is a special color since it is also a fruit. The color orange really feels lively and exciting. Thanks for sharing your insight regarding this topic. I will definitely try to add more colors to our home. Have a nice day!

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05/23/2017 06:51

Get your ORANGE on! Tactical Brown Dog can help you get your life organized and on your way to Living a Brown Dog Life!! Call us for a free consultation. We would love to help you pick the best colors.

07/17/2017 22:29

I like the idea of “brey days”! It's another way of encouraging people to turn the negatives of their lives into positive ones. I feel like people always have a knack in focusing on the negative aspects of their lives because they want to solve all of these problems immediately. I think that's just the way human beings are. No matter how many good things come into their lives, they always focus on the bad things because this makes them upset. It's harder for them to deal with the negative things. However, we must remember that after all the horrible things we experience in our lives, God will always let us see the good things in life by the use of life lessons. Whenever we undergo problems, we always learn something from it and I believe that that is one of God's ways of providing us the lessons that we need in life.

03/29/2017 00:26

Brightening my environment was the best for me because everytime I am depressed I am doing this to lighten up my mood a bit. Eating smarter and working out where my daily routine because I am practicing this since I turn 13 years old. I adapt it because my parents are doing this and they are somewhat guiding me to do this as a habit also. Going outside and planning a vacation was also on the list in case I have a free time to do it. Because of the hectic schedule sometimes I don't have time to do things like that. Reconnecting with my friends is the most common because we are sometimes having a get-together. We choose a real bonding than talking through social media.

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03/29/2017 06:43

Thank you for your comment. It seems that you are already practicing some of these principles. It seems that your parents have started a great habit with you. Depression is real, it.s dangerous, it is scary and painful. Continue what you are doing and keep me posted on your progress.

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It was nice for me to read this article about these colors. Hope to see more posts from you here.

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05/23/2017 06:52

Thank you. Please stay tuned. :-)

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The blog article very surprised to me! Your writing is good. In this I learned a lot! Thank you!

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