9 ways to beat those winter blues

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As the days get shorter and the nights get longer, some of us may be affected by the winter blues that come with sudden temperature changes and loss of sunlight. Staying active and productive can be difficult when plagued by SAD (seasonal affective disorder), but these nine devices and apps may help you make the winter months more manageable.

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1. Cook up a storm

9 ways to beat those winter blues

Making your first holiday feast? No need to go looking around for your grandma’s cookbook or testing your luck with random online recipes. With Yummly, you can access countless curated recipes for everything from green bean casseroles to tiramisu. The app also allows you to create shopping lists and, really, just makes everything easier.

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2. Train quickly & effectively

9 ways to beat those winter blues

Getting to the gym in the morning can be especially difficult with layers of frost on the ground, but with the Activ5 Deluxe Package, you can train from home. This portable, isometric strength training device coaches you through each of its five-minute exercises, keeping you in shape while getting your blood and endorphins pumping.

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3. Block out snow glare

9 ways to beat those winter blues

These smart shades are quiet, easy to install and operate without wires. You can roll Lutron Smart Shades up or down with the touch of a button or the Lutron app.

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4. Keep your toes warm

9 ways to beat those winter blues

The worst thing about winter is the cold, and if you don’t have a good blanket, you’ll probably spend way more on your heating bills than necessary. Cut down on your heating budget with the Beautyrest Heated Plush Oversize Throw, which adjusts its own heat based on the overall temperature in the room. It’s also machine washable for easy care, features three heat settings and has an auto shut-off. Pair this device — or any other heated Wayfair blanket — with a smart plug for easy use.

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5. Keep connected

9 ways to beat those winter blues

The Lenovo Smart Display lets you tap into Google Assistant while you’re preparing holiday meals, putting on makeup or checking the weather. When connected to other smart devices, you can use it to turn up the heat or the lights with the touch of a finger.

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6. Save money on heating

9 ways to beat those winter blues

For those days when it’s too cold to get out of bed, the Honeywell smart thermostat can warm up your room for you. The smart device connects to Amazon Alexa and can be accessed via smartphone, tablet or computer. You can also schedule your heating and cooling options in a custom format so that you’ll never step on cold floors again. Plus, you’ll save on your heating bill.

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7. Work off those holiday meals

9 ways to beat those winter blues

With the holidays approaching, festivities can mean that workouts get pushed to the side. Keep your fitness up with the Freeletics app. Like the Activ5, you can do all of these workouts indoors, though this app doesn’t require equipment. For an additional fee, the Freeletics app also provides personalized training for ideal performance and results.

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8. Make sure you wake up on time

9 ways to beat those winter blues

The Amazon Echo Spot Smart Hub keeps you on time and prepared for the day during those winter mornings when it’s almost impossible to get out of bed. The hub will gently wake you up and read off the day’s headlines, the weather and any events on your calendar. It helps keep you on top of all of those holiday plans and proactively avoid any anxiety about the day.

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9. Stimulate your brain

9 ways to beat those winter blues

Winter vacations don’t have to mean that your brain stagnates. Lumosity can keep your brain at peak activity with fun games and puzzles. You can train your brain any time of the day, whether you’re bored at a family function or just can’t sleep at night.

The winter months can be tough, but you’ve gotten through them before. Sit back, power up and let the Internet of Things make beating those winter blues easier.

This article originally appeared on GearBrain and was syndicated by MediaFeed.org.

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