Winter Blues Got You Down? Here’s How to Keep Your Spirits Up During the Dark Days

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Man staring out windowIf you're feeling slow and sluggish but can't quite put your finger on why, it could be the seasonal blues. Studies have shown that the dark days of winter often cause sadness and even depression, but it doesn't have to be this way. Here's what you can do to fight the winter blues and keep smiling. 

Get Outdoors and Get Moving

Exercise releases serotonin in the brain, and being outside for just 15 minutes a day provides you with the necessary amount of daily vitamin D. Most people report feeling a greater sense of overall well-being as a result of getting outside on a regular basis. Getting outdoors when conditions are cold takes a certain amount of motivation, so promise yourself a delicious cup of hot chocolate or cider after you take that brisk walk on Flagstaff's Urban Trail, which you'll find right outside your door. Treating yourself to a new sweater or pair of cold-weather boots is another great way to motivate yourself to get outside. 

Move Away From the Screen 

Too much screen time definitely has a negative impact on most people's moods. Schedule real-time interaction with family and friends as often as possible. If you're new in town and don't know anyone to meet up with, feel free to head to our clubhouse or our 24-hour fitness center—there may be others there in the same situation who'd love the opportunity to make a new friend. We've also got outdoor fire pits, so consider making a pot of coffee or hot chocolate, starting a blazing fire outdoors, and offering a beverage to fellow residents of apartments in Flagstaff as they walk by. 

We've got floor plans to suit every lifestyle, so whether you prefer to live alone in a studio or one-bedroom apartment or to share with roommates, we've got something for you at Highland.

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