If you're like me and you're living in the part of the world that is cold, snowy and depressing this time of year, you need to keep reading. If you live in a sunny warm climate...cheers to you. Please pass some sunshine our way.
This time of year, after all the craziness of the holidays we tend to settle into a slippery slope of winter blues. What are the winter blues? Well, it can be as simple as not wanting to go outside...ever again or a very mild to severe depression where you're not motivated to do things that make you happy.
I'm sure if you're human, living in the modern world we could all benefit from a few simple drug-free ways to lift our spirits. So grab a warm mug of hot, herbal tea and give these simple ideas a try. Spring is almost here.
1. Play outside. Winter fun in the sun.
Moving your body is shown to be one of the best ways to change your mood. Even the simple act of a walk in your neighborhood. This allows you to exercise while hopefully getting some of the suns rays (vitamin D) on our face/skin. Prepare yourself and dress in layers to stay warm. Try a winter activity like snowshoeing, cross country skiing or tubing. It's fun for the whole family or a group of friends. And lots of placed rent equipment so no excuses that you don't have the gear. Eastern Mountain Sports is one of my favorite.
2. Exercise Routine.
We tend to want to hibernate inside during the winter months, so the exercise routine is lost. Commit to yourself, find an accountability partner and get to a class or try a free You Tube workout video. Moving your body and staying active will keep you strong inside and out. I like to try hot yoga during the winter because it feels like a small break from the cold temperatures and makes me sweat.
3. Create a daily routine and set attainable goals
The mind is a powerful force in our body. It's really important to create a healthy environment, establish daily routines and rituals that support you to live your best life. It's easy to distract ourselves, but I encourage you to look inward and focus on what you want to accomplish and break it down into small attainable goals each day or each week. You'll be amazed at your progress if you stay focused and move foward.
4. Be mindful of stimulants.
Coming from one caffeine junky I 'NEED' my coffee each morning. And when it's freezing out...we tend to want more warm beverages. Try to incorporate more herbal tea or hot water with lemon into your day. They warm you up without all the stimulants of caffeine. They are also a great way to unwind after a long day. Begin a ritual of warm tea before bed and prepare for a restful night sleep. Sleep is often overlooked but is a very important part of a healthy lifestyle.
5. Find your community.
If you're like me, I can tend to isolate myself in the winter months. It's always a nice reminder to continue to hang out with your 'tribe' and connect with others. Make plans, celebrate and force yourself to socialize. I find I always feel happy and inspired after hanging out with my family or friends. It brings me joy and a sense of belonging that is crucial for our well being. Grab a big sweater, some cute boots and find your friends.
We hope you find these remedies helpful. Here's to honoring yourself and living your best life. Wishing all of you a happy, healthy and productive week.