Are you with me? Last night I looked at my activity tracker at 10:00 p.m. and it read 3256 steps. I sighed. I did not leap up and walk in place. I did not chastise myself. I did not list the reasons for so few steps. I just sighed. I have a bad case of the doldrums. It’s actually difficult to remember the last surge of real energy I have felt. Some would call this the doldrums, some the winter blues. Either way, it just feels like marking time till things get magically better. Well enough! Here are some tips to get you out of the doldrums
- See the light! Make your world brighter. Open the drapes, turn on the lights.
- Eat smarter
- Plan a vacation – or just an evening out
- Move it – get up – stretch – breathe!
- Volunteer; help others
- Get outside
- Get a light box
- Stay social
- Focus on the positive
- Treat yourself
- Use comfort rituals…crock pots, quilts, fires, candles
- Start a project
Hibernating this winter? Had enough of the snow, ice, and sub-zero weather? Are the kids turning on you? Stop! When winter weather forces you indoors it’s time to deal with all that pent-up energy. Find creative ways to get and stay active during these cold months. It’s a challenge, but you can conquer those winter doldrums! So, before you settle into the recliner tonight… consider these ideas
- Create a home gym with easy-to-use, affordable equipment (soup cans, detergent bottles, balance ball, jump rope, resistance bands, kitchen chair, stairs, doorframe, broom …)
- Get outside once a day but dress for cold weather
- Do your chores to music – step up and MOVE
- Be healthy – clean out your pantry; check those food product dates
- Walk the mall or the airport (if you are traveling)
- Stay Active
- Read or listen to a book
- Play a board game; set a puzzle
- Check out these Ways to Keep Kids Busy Indoors
- A few more ideas…Treasure Hunts, Indoor Obstacle Course, Dance Off and more!
“There’s no such thing as bad weather, there’s only bad clothing.” That was a quote on the morning news – and, I think it’s right. This is a good time to double check your winter weather habits before you get caught in the cold. Remember to layer your clothing; you can always take a layer off. Several light layers are going to be warmer than one heavy layer. Wear clothes that wick moisture away from your body. Keep your head, feet, and hands warm when you are outside. Double check the winter supplies in your car. Always, always travel with a hat, gloves, mittens, flashlight, and waterproof boots/warm shoes somewhere in your car; a couple energy bars and water are important. Be sure your house is winter ready. Know where your main water shut-off valve is in case of frozen pipes. Have a good supply of candles, matches, warm blankets, heavy socks, hats, gloves/mittens, flashlights and batteries, water, and quick energy foods. Don’t leave candles or the fireplace unattended – ever. Don’t forget your furry friends. Outdoor pets may need to come indoors at night; water bowls should not be frozen. Consider increasing your pet’s food so energy levels can remain high. And, be sure your pet has a warm place away from the wind. Stay warm and enjoy the winter!