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    5 Ways to Beat The Winter Blues

    Add some color to your white, snowy winter!

    We at Isle of Capri® Casino Hotel Boonville know that inclement weather can be a real downer, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t ways to fight back! With a few simple tips, you’ll be able to pass the time and be basking in the sunshine before you can say “winter blues!”

    Take these five ideas and warm up your chilly winter mornings, and add some light to the darkness of those long days!

    1. Eat Smarter

    Don’t take this the wrong way – You might want to consider upping your chocolate and candy intake this winter. Have some will-power, though! It’s been proven that chocolate can help to enhance your mood and relive anxiety, and candy provides temporary feelings of euphoria, but all in moderation. Ultimately, both may increase feelings of anxiety and depression.

    The more balanced options these next few months are complex carbs and whole grains. Complex carbs take longer to digest and don’t cause spikes in blood sugar (that’s what’s to blame to mood swings). The most delicious kinds include spinach, broccoli and yams.

    2. Get Some Exercise

    Going outside to shovel is a pain, right? Going outside to shovel so you can go to the gym? No way. Why would you go to the gym when Netflix has so many viewing options?

    Physical exercise is definitely something to consider this winter, though – It’s a proven depression buster. Don’t use the gloomy weather as an excuse to be lazy. Even just walking fast for 35 minutes a day, five times a week can improve depression symptoms (and that was proven by a Harvard University study!).

    3. Brighten Up Your Surroundings

    If the term “light box” isn’t in your vocabulary, you might need to expand your horizons. Any type of artificial light is helpful when your body craves more daylight, and sitting near one for even just 30 minutes per day can be as effective as an antidepressant. Open your blinds and curtains! Trim those trees that are blocking the sun from coming into your room! Get as much natural light into your life as possible.

    Even just using bright colors on your walls and styled into your interior decor can help!

    4. Take a Vacation

    The easiest solution to fighting the winter blues is an obvious one – take a vacation.
    If you’ve got the means, research shows that the simple act of planning a vacation causes a significant increase in overall happiness.

    5. Visit Isle of Capri® Casino Hotel Boonville

    Isle of Capri® Casino Hotel Boonville’s hotel is newly-renovated, so after you’ve had a full day of action and excitement, it’s refreshing to remember that you’ve got a good night’s rest waiting for you on-site. With an awe-inspiring lobby, a tranquil outdoor courtyard and an all-new 24-hour fitness center, among other things, you’ll feel right at home right away, while separating yourself from the everyday, simultaneously.
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