Winter is a tough time for a lot of people. Although Christmas provides us with something to look forward to, the cold weather and dark afternoons of the next few months can be hard to get through. Here are some tips to help you tackle your cold weather blues.
1. Make Sure You Go Outside
This might seem like an odd tip. Why would you want to leave your house? Outside is where the frost, rain and heavy winds are. But getting fresh air is crucial to your happiness, health and wellbeing, so it's important to ensure that you wrap up well and get out there. Make sure you cover your head, ears and throat so you don't get sick, and invest in a good waterproof coat with a hood so you don't have to deal with the indignity of inside-out umbrellas.
2. Make Plenty Of Plans
Remember that winter isn't forever! Although this time of year the weather is unpredictable, springtime will appear and summer will come around in the end too. Make plans for the summer - check out some music festivals you might be interested in and look online for trip ideas. There are some summer holidays in amazing destinations that will provide you with something to look forward to, and in the meantime, you could also take a short winter break to somewhere sunny.
3. Invest In A SAD Lamp
Seasonal Affective Disorder is a condition that affects a lot of people who live in the US that often receive colder weather in the winter. Symptoms like a low mood, lethargy and irritability might indicate that the dark skies and cold weather are affecting you badly. If you think it might be a problem for you, have a chat with your doctor. In the meantime, make sure you stay active, do your best to socialize, and invest in a SAD lamp. SAD lamps replicate daylight in your home and will leave you feeling much more bright and breezy.
4. Keep Exercising
Join a gym close to your house, or check out local keep-fit classes with a friend. Zumba classes are fun and energetic, indoor swimming pools are open all year round, and yoga is good for your mind as well as your body. No matter what exercise option you choose, endorphins will be released into your body and you'll feel great for the rest of the day.
5. Enjoy Winter Fruits And Vegetables
Don't use winter as an excuse to pig out on chocolate and ready meals. Seasonal vegetables include sweet potatoes, broccoli and leeks, and fruits include grapefruit, kiwis, and mandarin oranges. Make yourself some warming leek and potato soup for dinner (and take some into work the next day for lunch!), and start the day off right with half a grapefruit alongside your toast and cereal.
Remember that the most important winter tip is to be kind to yourself. Eat healthily, exercise and plan a holiday, but remember there's nothing wrong with spending a Sunday afternoon under a blanket on the sofa with a glass of wine and a good film on TV. Take care of yourself and you'll find that everything else will fall into place.