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Cheer Up! How to Survive Those Gloomy Winter Months

December 02, 2015

It’s no secret that when the winter months roll in, getting to and doing your work gets a little more…difficult. In fact, 14% of us feel the winter blues during this time of year. After three months of never seeing the light of day, dragging yourself out of your warm bed (ever again) can feel seemingly impossible. It’s dark, it’s cold, and inclement weather never fails at getting your goat at the most inopportune of moments. When your frozen windshield or ice cube of an office sets your day askew, know there’s light at the end of the tunnel—and we don’t just mean summer.

You’ve already mastered improving your work-life balance in the fall, so tackling winter should be no sweat. Although we know getting through the doldrums of winter office life isn’t easy, it be accomplished with planning and effort. Here are a couple of tips to stay warm and protect your mental health during the darkest time of the year:


At the Office

Dress for distress. Leaving a light sweater next to your desk often doesn’t keep the cold from distracting you throughout the day. Instead of reacting to the temperature in your office, come prepared. Dress appropriately, and in this case, that means warmly—boots, sweaters, wraps and scarves all help to ward off the inevitable winter shivers. If it’s extra chilly, a pair of fingerless gloves or mittens can work wonders for achingly cold keyboard fingers.

Take a break, or three. The last thing you want to do is spend time outside, but the more often you take shorter breaks, the more productive you’ll be. Brisk walks for coffee next door, during phone calls, or to get out of the office for lunch provide you with valuable opportunities to pick up some vitamin D and natural light. Just moving a little bit in short bursts throughout the day helps you stay alert and happier.


On Your Own

Get some (enjoyable) exercise. Don’t forget that with ice and snow comes opportunity. Whether you’re open to learning or already an avid athlete, scheduling and participating in an activity you enjoy is a great way to get some exercise and put yourself in a better mood. Hit the slopes or the ice-skating rink to help shift your perspective and make the most of the season.

Connect with friends. Just spending time with those who are important to you can keep you from drifting into winter delirium. While it’s easy to isolate yourself and indulge the urge to hibernate under blankets on the couch, it’s important to make a point to reach out to others. Staying social is beneficial to your mental well-being, especially during this time of year.

While the winter challenges are no different for us at Pacific Office Automation than they are for you, but with active technical support and engaged customer service, we get plenty of exercise and personal connection. In fact, our events, trainings and philanthropic efforts work to create a healthier workplace and more engaged community all year round. Problem solved. Contact us today to learn more.

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