I used the word doldrums on the air yesterday, and I thought "what a great word to describe February."  Doldrums is defined as a sluggish state in which no development or improvement occurs and a state of gloominess or lack of energy. If you, like me, are thinking that those terms apply to you, read on for some great suggestions to beat these seasonal symptoms.

Plug a flourescent light into a timer, and have it turn on at least half an hour before your alarm goes off to simulate an earlier sunrise. Try opening your curtains as soon as you wake up. The key is to maximize any available daylight.

If natural daylight isn't enough for you, consider using artificial sunshine. Invest in or build a light box using special light bulbs that put out 2,500 to 10,000 lux (lumen per square metre). Keep in mind that a normal light bulb only emits 250 to 500 lux. This reduces the release of melatonin in the brain.

An hour of exercise does wonders. When done outside, that hour of exercise is the equivalent of 2.5 hours of artificial sunlight. The activity also raises serotonin levels in the brain.

Try a new color inside. Since we spend so much time indoors, jazz it up a bit. Go for warm, vibrant colors.

Try a new color on you! Think about a new hairstyle or color. Have your make up done. Try a new eye shadow or lipstick.

I hope this helps. I'm always down for a new hair color. The treadmill I'm not so good with! But just think, swimsuit season will be here soon!