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Change of Seasons, Winter

With the change of seasons comes a chance to try something different. Liberate your mind, your senses, and your spirit.

Grab a toboggan and find the biggest hill you can (just ask-- any kid will tell you). Bring some friends and have fun!

Keep active. It's easy to feel down if you're going stir-crazy inside. Bundle up and go for a mid-day walk.

When you get up in the morning, immediately get a glass of cold water. It will help you wake up much more quickly.

Set a mini-goal each day. They should be very small and easily reachable, like 'write in my journal' or 'call a friend'.

Browse your Facebook photo albums and lose yourself in good times. Note all the times you look happy.

If you're feeling down this season, you're not the only one. Practice random acts of kindness to cheer others up.

Make plans to meet up with friends regularly. It's easy to just watch TV, but you'll feel better with companionship.

Straighten up your room. Having a made bed and less clutter helps you feel more in control of your life.

Break out the crockpot and start dinner in the morning. When you get home you'll have a delicious stew waiting for you.

Find someone to give you a quick tutorial and take up knitting. Make yourself a scarf in your favourite colours.

Snuggle with a friend, pet or stuffed animal. Hugging makes us feel a lot better about the things that are upsetting us.

Read a book that's been on your 'want to read' list for a while. Read it with a cup of tea on a snowy day.

Redecorate your space with bright colours to balance the dull colours outside. Paint, make crafts or buy bright items.

Sort through your files and photos on your computer. Move them into meaningful groupings for when you want them.

Plan a regular movie night with your friends. Take turns hosting and sharing your favourite movies with each other.

Take a walk outside over lunch to get some real light therapy. Artificial light just doesn't cut it!

Ask your friends and family for their favourite recipes and make yourself some new warm treats.

Use your brain. Study a new topic, either through books or a video series. Take notes if it helps engage you.

Make seasonal crafts to decorate your house. Wreathes, ornaments, holiday plants-- whatever you enjoy.

Start playing ambient music when you're home. Choose something calm and relaxing that you could listen to all day.

Make a collage about five things you're grateful for. Hang it up somewhere to remind you of what matters.

Take a warm bath with candles to light the room. Relax in the near darkness and let your worries drift away.

Wear bright colours. It's easy to get caught up in wearing only black, but bright colours can brighten up your day.

Watch a funny movie. You may not want to laugh, but chances are that you won't be able to stop yourself.

Try hot yoga. The warmth of the room will relax your muscles and you'll be warm long after you leave.

Buy yourself some fresh flowers. Put them somewhere you can enjoy and replace when needed.

Go to bed early. One day when you're feeling tired around 8 or 9, just go to bed. Sleep in and catch up on sleep.

Look for community lectures and events to attend. The library is a great place to start your search.

Try to find balance in the things you have to do and the things you want to do. Figure out what is actually essential.

Celebrate whenever you have the opportunity. Learn about other cultures and share in their festive traditions as well.