Now is about the time the winter doldrums start to sink in and I just feel this cloud of “ugh” wash over me, especially when it’s 5pm and already dark outside. I am NOT a fan of winter at all, how about you?
Here are 4 ways I am going to combat the winter blahs this year:
I am going to bundle up and head outside, no matter what the weather. Not only will the exercise do my body good, but the sunlight and Vitamin D will help boost my mood all day long. My body hates being cold, so I like to layer up with quality workout wear. This top and running tights from Asics are perfect for winter weather running.
I never get enough sleep. I tend to stay up late because honestly it’s the only time my house is quiet and I just want to enjoy every second, but it’s just not good for my body or mind. I need to shut off the electronics as soon as the kids go to bed and focus on getting at least 8 hours for myself.
3. Eat better.
I am a stress eater. I love to stuff my feelings with brownies and while I am fully aware at how destructive this behavior is….I still do it. The reality is these sugar-loaded foods will make you feel worse, not better. Making healthier food choices will give your body the energy it needs.
I need to learn to acknowledge and deal with my feelings instead of trying to stuff them away. It’s a daily struggle for me, can you relate?
4. Hold on tight and enjoy the ride.
Yes, winter might be depressing but it is a fact of life around where I live. As with anything difficult in life, this too shall pass. I bought a sun therapy lamp as well, which will give my body some much-needed Vitamin D and sunlight. If I close my eyes tight enough, it’s just like being on a beach, right? 🙂