This Penguin Totally Beat Those Winter Blues

It's January, and many of us are feeling the heavy haze of the winter blues. While some need to take steps to specially address depression during the colder, greyer months, it can help others to make some changes around the house. If you're in need of a pick-me-up, it never hurts to try switching things up! You can't control the weather, but you can control what it’s like to interact with your space. We’ve brainstormed a little bit to get you started.

Move that sofa.

Okay, it doesn’t have to be the sofa. Put the reading chair on the other side of the room, rearrange decor on the mantle, or take down a few pictures and replace them with something new. “A change of scenery,” or allowing yourself to focus on making a deliberate change for the better, can go a long way and even get your creativity flowing.

Spruce up your space with an indoor plant.

First things first: You have removed your Christmas tree, right? If not, let’s make that step one. Step two can be to find a cheerful replacement. Plants contribute positively to your environment by absorbing and buffering noise, contributing to lower stress levels, and simply promoting a welcoming atmosphere. Since they require a certain amount of natural light and hydration, your space—and you!—can benefit from a positive shift in aesthetics and a low-stress obligation to nurture another living thing.

Remove one thing from the room that doesn’t bring you joy!

By now, we’ve all heard someone talking about (or have read ourselves) Marie Kondo’s The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, where the author asks, “Does your stuff bring you joy? If it does, keep it. If it doesn’t, throw it out.” While it might not be the right time for a serious de-cluttering session (maybe save that for spring!), it’s never too early to pick one thing and say goodbye. Even if it’s a few books, an old coat, or your TV—letting go of something that doesn’t make you happy can rejuvenate your perspective.

Invest in something soft.

Easing the winter blues involves de-cluttering and rearranging, but maybe hygge, the Danish art of coziness,is more your thing! Treat yourself to a fresh mattress protector, a big, cushy pillow, or something elegant and luxuriously soft. Let yourself be cozy—maybe even let yourself be a little blue. Sometimes embracing the blues means setting yourself up for an even nicer springtime relief.

Thought of any more? Share your ideas for fighting the winter blues and staying allergen-free with us! (And, seriously. Take down the tree. You’ll feel brand new!)