January, February and March. These 3 months are the ones I dread the most every year and I know I’m not alone. In the Northern Hemisphere, it feels like all the excitement leading to the Holiday Season (the joys of Autumn, Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year) drop at the same time, together with our return to work/school. In April, the air starts smelling like Spring and you know Summer is just around the corner. So how can we help ourselves cope with the terrible 3 without wishing our lives away? Here are my top 5 tricks:
- Eat Healthily
It may sound like a very simple advice but it is also one we tend to neglect when we’re feeling a bit down. There’s nothing quite like a good healthy smoothie to give you a moral and physical boost. We need to balance our cravings for carbs and concentrate more on fruits and vegetables. Eating the rainbow as we say will provide our body will the vitamins and minerals it craves and needs in order to function properly.
Fresh fruits and vegetables can be hard to find during the winter months, which is why I often buy them frozen. Farmers Markets are also a good place to browse and pick colourful food!
2. Keep Active
It’s so tempting to hibernate during the cold months! You know, blankets and pyjamas, movies, popcorn… Why face the cold, right? Well, a simple walk everyday could be as effective as light treatment to deal with winter blues. From yoga to Zumba, the possibilities are limitless… The key is to get moving! Your brain will thank you by releasing “feel good” chemicals , which affect every aspect of your life.
Even better, find yourself a workout buddy and get moving together by planning evening classes or gym meet ups before work. We tend to be more motivated when exercising with someone else and definitely more likely to respect the schedule. It’s easier to cancel on yourself than on your friend.
3. Get Outside
Again, this may seems like a pretty obvious advice but when we see the winter weather outside, tend to forget how important even just a little bit of daylight is. Try to go for a little walk during your lunch break when you can as this is when the light is at its strongest.
It may sound silly but it has been proven that socializing actually helps overcoming the winter blues. Plan activities with your friends and family and say yes to that invitation you were tempted to say no to because you wanted to stay on your couch and watch the latest blockbuster. Even if it’s just for a little while, it will make you happy!
5. Keep Warm
I speak from experience when I say that being cold makes people angry, impatient and grumpy. It’s however very easy to avoid: wear warm clothes, shoes and enjoy hot drinks and meals. You will see that by staying warm while being outside will make you feel much happier!
If you suffer from Raynaud’s like me, feel free to get in touch as I have many tricks!