It’s that “ugh” time of year. The holidays are over, the weather is cold and the skies are gray. For many of us there is also plenty of snow on the ground, which makes doing things outside more challenging. It’s easy to fall into a rut but there are plenty of things you can do to fight those winter blues:
Let the sunlight in when you can. Open your blinds and throw open your curtains. When I do this my dog immediately finds a sunbeam to curl up in and promptly falls asleep. Animals instinctively know how to handle the seasons!
Speaking of sleep, make sure you are getting plenty at night. I find it’s easier to sleep in the winter under soft, flannel sheets and blankets. I love hearing the wind whipping around outside.
Get some exercise every day. There are plenty of workouts you can do indoors. Or you can bundle up and head outside for a hike or jog. If you do venture outdoors, dress in layers and be careful of slick surfaces. I wear a set of Yaktrax on the bottoms of my boots. They do a great job of gripping the ground as I walk.
Just because you’re an adult doesn’t mean you can’t have some fun. Remember snow angels? I still love to do these and also go sledding and have snowball fights with my husband. If you have kids you can play with them and then head indoors for some hot cocoa.
Games can be played in the house as well. Why not designate an afternoon or night as “game night” and break out a board game or your Wii console. You can pair it with a fun meal. And speaking of food, try to avoid the salty or sweet snacks. It’s easy to over-indulge this time of year.
Wear bright colors that boost your spirits. Many women opt for neutrals and the ever-present black. By adding a splash of red, purple, orange, blue, green or yellow you can really brighten your day.
If you are feeling tired, sluggish, or depressed you may want to see your doctor. Most of us are a bit deficient in Vitamin D, but it can be a major problem during winter when there is less sunlight. That is because our bodies use sunlight to make Vitamin D. Your doctor can order a simple blood test to check your level. Eating foods such as egg yolks, mushrooms, salmon, tuna, and fortified milk or orange juice can help. You can also take a supplement but be careful. I was taking one and my D level went dangerously high!
Hopefully these tips will help. I find that winter is a great time for me to slow down, relax, and enjoy my life. There is a wonderful sense of beauty and peace in winter that I love. Try to tap into it and remember, spring is only a few months away!!