I was walking my golden retriever yesterday and the cold wind seemed like it was cutting right through me. All I could think about was, “Man I don’t know how people living in places like Wisconsin and Canada live with this cold and snowy weather 5-6 months per year.” In our area, the kids are missing way too much school, people are getting grumpy, depression is starting to set in and we’re watching way too much crappy television and snacking on not-so-healthy foods. When is this winter going to be over?
I’m not a weatherman, but I do know one thing: WE HAVE ABSOLUTELY NO CONTROL OVER THE WEATHER!!!!
Since we can’t change the weather, we need to change our mindset in order to bust out of the doldrums of winter and here are a few tips!
Exercise More: Moving not only helps improve you physically but also creates a surge in endorphins in your brain that will improve your mood. (Nobody ever regretted a good workout!)
Eat more healthy fruits & veggies: Get away from heavy breads, pastas and other “comfort” foods. Find the biggest and best orange that you can get at your local grocer. Peel it! Eat it slowly. Savor it! Imagine you’re on a beach in sunny Florida!
Take a vacation: Even if it’s only a weekend for a little sun or skiing. GET AWAY!
Plan an evening out with friends: Take a shower, put on your favorite out-on-the-town outfit and go out and socialize! Quit hibernating in those comfy sweats!
Call your best friend: You know, the one you haven’t seen in a while, the one that really makes you laugh every time you connect with them.
Go to a boat or garden show: These events are not typically my cup of tea but they will get you excited about the spring and summer months ahead.
Volunteer: Even if it’s just one day for a few hours, giving our time to help others always lifts our mood!
Fake it until you make it!: This is not my favorite, but it does help. One of the worst things you can do is bring other people down. So when you’re with others, be energetic. Who knows? While you’re faking it for others, you may be surprised that the mood that you are lifting may be your own.
It is inevitable that spring is coming and will be more welcomed than it has in a long time. In the meantime, try one or two of these tips. And remember, it could be worse, you could be living in a North Dakota!