Winter brings the cold, the gray, and the cabin fever. Notice how much less sunshine is available during the winter months? Think about it:
- There are less hours of daylight
- We spend more time indoors, (because it’s so cold outside)
- Even when we do go outside, we are so bundled up with hats, scarves, and gloves that the sun can only reach the small, exposed area of our face.
- And, even during the daylight hours when we are outside, the sun may not really be shining at all
Getting Through March
Depending on where you live, you may already be seeing signs of spring. But, if you are like me and live in the northeast, March is supposed to “come in like a lion and out like a lamb,” right? Nine times out of ten, the answer is no.
So what can we do to beat the winter blues and make it to the green of spring?
3 Tips to Beat the Winter Blues
- Drink Water: Your body is dependent on water to survive. Hydration is key for cognitive thinking, joint lubrication, waste elimination and overall health. (Read more about staying hydrated.)
- Sunlight: Vitamin D also plays a huge role in our body’s health. Vitamin D helps maintain the health of our immune system and strengthen our bones. Studies also show that it can even reduce depression. The best part is, Vitamin D is naturally produced in our bodies with just 5 minutes of direct sunlight.
- Exercise: I know I may be a little partial to this one, but it works! Getting your body moving can help in three ways: to clear your mind, to energize your body, and to release your endorphins. These will all help in beating the winter blues. I won’t bore you with the details of how, but if you wish, you can search through a multitude of articles online. However, the number one thing I tell clients to do when they are struggling with winter – whether in a gym, or at home – is to get active! Try one (or more) of my 10 minute workouts. If your energy dips in the afternoon – jump up – do a 5 minute cardio burst and jump right back into what you were doing. You will be amazed at the results!
Share your thoughts:
How do you beat the winter blues? Share your tips and tricks!