Well, its here. The cold embrace of winter has reared its head and it looks like it is here to stay. This time of year can be very hard for people. Its not only the freezing cold weather that effects us but also the lack of sunlight, not to mention the pressure that surrounds the holidays. It can be very difficult to deal with all these things at once so here are 4 tips to help you get through these early stages of winter as well as the holiday season.
It is important to maintain a consistent exercise routine. Winter can kill your motivation to exercise regularly. As soon as the temperature drops below zero people are way less inclined to visit the gym or engage in any sort of physical activity. The cold has a way of depleting our energy just as the summer months tend to give us energy. It is important, especially in December at the beginning of the winter season to set an exercise routine and to stick to it. You will feel better and will have more energy in the long run which will help you get through the season.
Find a hobby in order to keep busy. The winter season is long and hinders many activities we enjoy in the warmer months. In order to combat boredom, it is important to take up a hobby or past time. Try a winter sport such as skiing, ice-skating or snow shoeing. If you want to try something indoors, take a yoga or dance class. The possibilities are endless.
Getting enough sunlight can be a huge issue this time of year. December is already the month which receives the least amount of sunlight throughout the year. Compiling that with a stretch of cloudy weather and it could be weeks before you see the sun. a lack of sunlight can lead to a lack of energy and mood swings. Fortunately, there is an effective way to combat this issue. Sunlamps can work wonders when there is a lack of light in December. They can profoundly effect one’s mood and energy levels.
Finally, the most difficult part of this month is the Holidays. Whether its shopping, cooking or just simply preparing to see your extended family. This time can be a whirl wind and hard to enjoy. An important tip to help you get through it is do something out of your normal routine each day, do not let the holidays turn your life complete turn your life. This is a great way to exercise some independence and feel connected to yourself. Whether it’s your morning ritual of going out to get coffee, or relaxing with a good book. This will help keep you sane over this stressful time.