Whatever the reason, there are many things you may do to help your body, mind, and soul get out of it. These work for us every time. :)
Get more light. Some people really do have a disorder called SAD (seasonal affective disorder) caused mainly from light deprivation. With all our clouds, I really think this affects me.
- The simple solution is to turn on all the lights in your work area.
- Lighting candles and starting a fireplace fire also help.
- Of course, if the sun comes out, open all the blinds and curtains and sit in the sun for awhile.
- Even if it is cloudy outdoors, just getting out into the filtered sunlight helps tremendously!
- Why let a perfectly good yard full of snow go to waste? Bundle up the kids and go out to build a snowman. No kids? Go solo. Look at it as decorating your yard for winter. Build it close to the road where everyone passying by may be cheered by it also. We used to make snow families with a papa, mama, and baby. What precious, precious memories. Go build some today!
- Don't abandon your walking routine. If you are really adventurous, you may invest in a good pair of winter hiking boots and continue your outdoor walks. If you're more like me, you can just go to the mall or supermarket and walk around. Some municipalities even have heated sidewalks downtown where one may window shop in the winter. In any case, you might want to leave your cash and cards at home so you won't be tempted to splurge. ;)
- Get out and enjoy those sports you may only play in winter: skiing, cross country skiing, ice skating, snow boarding, sledding, snowball fighting, polar bear club dipping. (Okay, maybe not that last one. I think you have to get drunk first.)
- Join a club. Many fitness clubs run specials during the winter to snag those folks who've made New Year's resolutions to lose weight and get fit. Try out all the different workout equipment, and maybe get something of your own at home later on.
- Do something new. Check out local classes for line dancing, water aerobics, and other out-of-the-ordinary exercises. The social contact would do you good, too.
- Start spring cleaning early. Anything you do to move is exercise. If you start washing walls, moving furniture, and scrubbing every nook and cranny in your home, I guarantee you will work up a sweat. Then, when the weather finally warms up, you won't be stuck indoors cleaning.
- SF, FF yogurt cups
- SF pudding or gelatin with a dollop of SF whipped topping
- Smoothies made with SF, FF yogurt and fruit (add no-calorie sweetener to taste)
- Low-fat hard cheese with wholegrain crackers
- Apple slices with peanut butter spread on them
- Vegetables dipped in creamy dressing
- Bagels with cream cheese and all-fruit jam
- Please leave your ideas in the comments!
Create an invigorating atmosphere. We've already discussed the importance of light in lifting our moods. Now, add some uplifting music to the mix along with some scented candles or diffusers. Here are a few invigorating scents to try:
- Citrus: grapefruit, orange, lemon
- Bergamot (also a citrus; makes Earl Grey tea so good)
- Anything from the mint family
- Herbs and spices such as basil, marjoram, sage, and rosemary
- Coffee (Yes! The smell of coffee really can wake you up!)
And, hang in there, Darlin'! Spring is just around the corner. :)