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5 Tips to Cope With Winter Blues

It’s that time of year again.

Chilly, gloomy weather has taken us away from our beloved backyards, basketball courts and BBQ pits and brought us inside to wait out the cold.  TV watching is up, feelings of laziness are at an all-time high and holiday dessert overload is just around the corner.  Regardless of whether we are suffering from full winter blues, or just a little lethargy, it’s important to plan healthy winter habits.

Here is some guidance to ensure that you have a fun, fulfilling and healthy winter.

Wake Up!

According to Psychology Today, early risers are happier, healthier and more productive. So, if the sun is visible and the weather isn’t out of control cold, throw on a coat and spend a few minutes walking or jogging outside to rack up valuable Vitamin D. Early mornings also provide the perfect opportunity to have a balanced breakfast, which jump starts a full day of clean eating.  Follow that up with 10 minutes of meditation or prayer and arrive to work nourished and ready to go!

Schedule Fitness Time

As the weather gets colder and sun sets earlier, motivation to get our fitness on after work drops. That’s why it’s so important to set a regular fitness schedule at the beginning of each week or month. Workout alone or with an accountability partner and stay on it with the fridge message, sticky note and/or calendar reminders. Most importantly, keep it real with yourself about the type of workout, location and time of day you’re most likely to complete. If you normally wake up at 9 a.m. and hate running, don’t act like hitting the track at 7 a.m. will happen.

Pro Tip: Browse YouTube to create a schedule of free videos you can do every day for 30 minutes at home.

Nurture Your Interests

Remember back in the day, when you said you wanted to start painting, learn bowling or build some new cabinets for the house?  Well, the time is now!  Spending time engaging in creative pursuits serves as a powerful mood booster.  So grab a notepad right now and make a list of interests that you have always wanted to explore or started but never finished.  Then, next to each line, note time required and associated costs.  Based on your resources and schedule, choose your top two interests and plan to get started!

Eat Real, Fresh Foods

When it’s gloomy and cold, most of us just want to curl up in front of a movie with some warm pie and hot chocolate.  But eating too many processed foods and carbs causes our energy to spike, then crash, making us feel tired and lazy.  That’s why it’s so important to focus on filling, nutritious winter foods. Scale back on the baked goods, casseroles and bread.  Keep fresh, frozen green beans or spinach (without any additional ingredients) on hand to throw into meals and roast sweet potatoes or butternut squash to satisfy your carb fix while keeping energy stable.

Clean Like It’s Spring!

Do you have jersey dresses from 1999 in your closet, cereal from last year in your pantry and boxes on boxes lining your garage?  Take the time to assess your possessions, determine what’s important to you and purge the rest.  Use labeled jars for pantry items, boxes for shoes and trays for desk files. Having a fresh, clean space to work and live in will soften the blow of winter gloom.

If you think you may be dealing with more severe winter blues, do a self check for Seasonal Affective Disorder and consider finding a therapist in your area.

 

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