Conquering Cold Weather Blahs
I, on the other hand would rather be indoors next to a heat source sipping a nice cup of tea. You see I was born in Central America and therefore lack the winter gene.
Now, I know I am not the only one with this deficiency, who feels a bit lacking in energy, who misses the sunshine on her skin and feels like time is just dragging along.
I understand, and so I want to share with you chilly gals, (and guys?)
Ten Ways to Conquer Cold Weather Blahs
1. Let the sunshine in.
Open your curtains and blinds and let the sunshine in. Natural sunlight perks up your mood and gives your body needed vitamin D. Additionally, each time you walk by a window you can get a glance of the landscape, birds, or you can sit for awhile and people watch.
Exercise is important at all times of the year, but is especially so in the months when we are not as naturally active. The American Heart Association recommends walking and doing moderate exercise 30 minutes a day to help maintain physical health and enhance mental well being. Here are some exercise videos I like.
Keeping a journal of your accomplishments is a great way to help you feel productive, rather than stagnant and unfulfilled. When Spring arrives, you can look back in amazement at what you've achieved. Examples:
1. made 5 frozen crock pot meals this week
2. finished sewing 2 skirts this month
3. organized linen closet
4. Be thankful.
This time of year it can be so easy to accentuate the negative instead of the positive. Sometimes you may not even recognize positive things. So here's an exercise for you. Before bed each night jot down just three things for which you are grateful today. This way you will go to bed and wake up with positive thoughts on your mind.
Experts say that when winter hits, our craving for comfort foods increases. And as I'm sure you know, those aren't always the best foods for us. So try to be conscious of your meal choices.
Developing a menu, will increase your likelihood of preparing healthy meals. Here are a few suggestions:
*Try yogurt with granola or oatmeal with applesauce for breakfast.
*If possible include veggies and salads with each evening meal.
Take a break from Facebook, texting and emails. Choose specific times to give your friends and family a call and "chat " with them. Isn't it nice to hear their voice?
Write someone a letter. Imagine how surprised they will be to receive it! They will feel special because you took the time to write them. An email can be easily deleted, but a letter is more likely to be kept in a special place and read again.
Imagine how touched grandparents would be if they received a handwritten letter from their grandchild.
Do you have a hobby? Do you paint, write poetry, draw, quilt....? Immerse yourself in a creative project, then hang it, wear it, frame it.... Stand back, admire your handiwork, smile, feel pride.
8. Do unto others.
Is someone sick? Bring them a card and flowers or a meal. Offer to wash dishes or clean the bathroom.
New neighbor? Make them a blueberry bread or cookies. Take it over and introduce yourself.
I am so much more productive when I am organized and you can be too.
*Use a planner. (Don't let your life just happen, plan it)
*Make a weekly menu
*Create a shopping list
*Organize a closet
*Organize a drawer...
Here are some YouTube organization helpers to check out: * organizedlikejen
* Home Organizing by Alejandra.tv
10. Focus on family members.
Here is a neat idea. Choose a family member to surprise with an "It's Your Day!!!" celebration. Make their favorite meal, bake them a cake, present them with a wrapped gift. Do this for each family member at random unexpected times. It's soooo much fun to prepare their surprise and even more fun to see their reaction.
You can choose to accomplish these all in one week, for example if you are on vacation. You can choose one per week or you might just decided to start at the top, work your way down and whenever you're finished, repeat. The point is to be occupied with taking care of yourself and those you love, both emotionally and physically, taking your focus off of the darkness and the cold.
So hang in there it's almost over ;)
What activities help you remain cheerful and optimistic this time of year? What would you add to my list? I would love to hear from you.