Quarantined for the holidays this year? You’re not alone. Thanks to the pandemic, millions of Americans face the holidays away from their friends and family this year. While winter can be bleak, 2020 could be the loneliest holiday season in recent memory. 

It doesn’t have to be that way. There are lots of small ways to beat back against the winter blues this year, even if it’s just you and your cat this year. These are Stonehenge NYC’s favorite ways to beat the winter blues in 2020.

Adopt a Pet:

If you’ve been thinking about adopting a pet, now might be time to finally pull the trigger. A furry, four legged friend is the perfect distraction from holiday boredom and winter blues. You’re not the only one feeling lonely this year. There’s probably a cat or a dog out there that could use a good friend and a loving home.

Just remember that pets are a serious commitment, so it’s always a good idea to have your ducks in a row before you adopt one. Check out Stonehenge NYC’s guide to pet adoption in NYC to learn more!

Nail Your Lighting:

What is it about winter that makes us feel so down? It’s not just the cold weather; it’s primarily the lack of sunlight. The sun seems to go down before anyone is really ready for bed, and that can wreak all kinds of havoc on your body’s circadian rhythms.

Take stock of your current apartment’s lighting situation. Chances are it leaves something to be desired. Consider purchasing an artificial sun lamp (or two) and place them throughout your apartment. There are tons of tricks you can use to brighten the mood in even the darkest apartments. Still not happy? Check out some of Stonehenge NYC’s apartments. There’s a good chance we’ve got a bright beautiful apartment right in your favorite neighborhood.

Still not getting enough light? Step it up with a little professional help and visit Restore. They’re located right at 101W15th and have amazing light therapies like photo-biomodulation therapy and infrared saunas to boost your mood.

Watch What You Eat:

Nothing affects our mood quite like what we put in our stomachs. We’re not suggesting you dig into your favorite guilty pleasure meals, however. In fact, many of our favorite foods like cookies, pasta, and bread will taste great when you eat them but can ultimately bring your mood down when your blood sugar crashes.

That said, a small piece of chocolate or a cup of tea can boost your mood in a small but significant way. Of course, you also need to eat plenty of fruits and veggies and avoid unhealthy foods to keep your body feeling great. 

This also extends to alcohol, which is a master of making you feel great in the moment while ultimately interfering with sleep, mood, and overall health. Cut back on the hard stuff if you’re feeling bleh.

Modify Your Mood Musically:

You’re probably aware that music can shift your mood. A melancholy song about lost love can make you feel down while an 80’s power ballad can motivate you. In fact, sometimes our favorite songs can actually put us in a bad mood.

Next time you’re feeling lonely, down, or simply bored with life, it might be time for you to expand your musical horizons. Through the power of the internet, search out some upbeat playlists and find one that works for you. Find the right playlist and you’ll be feeling great in no time at all. It’s science!

Reach Out:

These days it’s easier than ever to reach out to others when the winter blues hit you. Call your family. Skype with a friend. Play an online game with strangers. Don’t forget that professional help is available if you’re feeling down and need someone to talk to. 

We live in a big, beautiful city filled with kindness and people who are committed to creating positivity more now than ever in these trying times. There’s never been a better time to reach out in your own way.