The days become shorter, the temperature gets colder, and we’re stuck inside trying to stay warm. The winter season can take a huge toll in our everyday lives. We can get stuck in a routine of oversleeping, and sluggishness. I’ve always noticed that during this time of the year, I tend to be less motivated, tired, and just not as happy as I would be if I were on a beach under the roaring sun. So, here’s some tips and tricks to get up and active and get through, what I call, the “Seasonal Blues”.
Get Enough Sleep
It’s easy for us to get sluggish and tired when the skies get dark by 5 p.m. Not to mention, it feels like midnight by 6 p.m. Don’t stay up all night. Go to bed at a reasonable time, and get up bright and early so that you have more time in the day to do things! What works best for me, is making myself fall asleep before 12, and setting an alarm for at least 9:30. I am the complete opposite of a morning person, so waking up at 9:30 is early enough for me. Make the most out of your day, by being up and active sooner than later!
Get Out Of The House
I get it, I get it. Sophia, it’s FREEZING out. But, bundle up and let some sunshine radiate on your skin. Even if you have to just drive around town in your car, DO IT! I enjoy blasting music and going on long car rides. It helps clear my mind and gives me a nice break from the hustle and bustle of life. Grab your friends and get some coffee, or go window shopping. Go grocery shopping and spend some time outside rather than in. There’s plenty of things to do if you just give yourself the time to actually do them.
Exercise & Stay Healthy
Head to the gym, or do some at-home workouts. Get your body moving and your blood pumping. Don’t remain stagnant. Even just a walk around the neighborhood would be good way to get some exercise in! I confess, I don’t go to the gym as often as I did in the summer, but I at least try to go 3 times a week. Keep a well-balanced diet, and try to avoid filling your body with food that will only make you feel sluggish and gross. Get some fruit in your system, and get that body PUMPING!
Take Up A New Hobby
You don’t always have to just lay inside and do nothing all day. Find a new hobby! Maybe even start a blog ;). I’ve started up my YouTube channel again because I’ve got plenty of time on my hands staying indoors. Maybe read a new book, or learn some new recipes. Rediscover yourself and the talents and capabilities you never thought you had!
So, those are just a few ways to cope with the case of Seasonal Blues. Take advantage of the cold weather and maybe go plan a snowboarding or skiing trip! I’m all about the warm weather, so, for now, I’ve got to hold on for a little while until the spring season comes along. I hope these tips inspired you a little if you’re experiencing the winter blues! Leave a comment below on ways you cope with the “winter blues”.
Ignite your spark,
Thanks for reading, xoxo.