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How to Beat the Winter Blues

December 26, 2019

How to Beat the Winter Blues

 

There are many things to love about winter, including breaking out your favorite chunky knit sweater, cozying up to a fire with a cup of hot cider, and letting your inner child come out with some good old fashioned snowball fights! Even so, it’s only a matter of time until the novelty of the season wears off and gives way to what we know as the “winter blues”. Between the shorter days and colder temperatures, this is the season that can take a toll on our physical and emotional wellbeing.

 

Thinking about climbing into your favorite sweats and declaring hibernation for the season? Before you do that, we are here to tell you that you can actually have a healthy and happy winter this year! No, we are not going to pretend that it’s awesome when it gets dark at 4 pm or that running outside in below freezing temps is our favorite way to burn calories. Instead, we are going to help you focus on small changes you can make to your daily routine to refocus your mind, body, and energy and beat those Winter Blues once and for all!

 

Take in natural light whenever you can. It doesn’t matter how cold it is outside when you are protected by your walls and windows, so open those blinds and let the sunlight in. Not only will this help improve your mood, but studies also show that exposure to morning daylight actually helps you sleep better at night. Then, if you can get some exposure during your midday by sitting or working by a window, even if only for a little while, this will help even more. Can’t access natural light during the day? You may want to consider using a natural daylight lamp in your home and/or office.
 
Exercise regularly. If your exercise routine typically takes you outdoors, but it’s too cold to handle, consider switching up your routine. There are many options to choose from, including visiting your local gym, investing in exercise equipment for your home, local yoga or Pilates classes, or a variety of programs you can follow on your computer or smart device at home. No matter your preference, sticking to a daily routine will help you stay on track against your fitness goals while boosting your mood.  
 
Eat a balanced diet. Does anything go together better than winter and comfort food? We are all for balancing health with a little indulgence, so some “stick to your ribs” food is fine every once in a while. That said, it’s important to stick to a healthy and balanced diet in the winter. Not only will this help you feel less tired and groggy throughout the day, but it will help you avoid feeling guilty - and having to start a new routine once the weather warms up again.
 
Yes, you should still get outside. Depending on where you live, the thought of draping on a puffy coat along with the hat and gloves can feel a bit overwhelming. But, as long as the temperatures are not dangerously low, you should try to get outside daily, even if only for several minutes. Some ways to work in a little exposure to the fresh air include walking to get coffee in the morning, heading out for lunch nearby, or taking your pooch for a quick walk around the block.
 
Stay social. 'Tis the season to Netflix and chill! But before you become one with the couch, remember that staying connected to loved ones is essential to our health and wellbeing. So be sure to reach out to your tribe and make plans that you all will look forward to. Do you love hosting? If so, why not organize some fun, winter-themed parties for you and your friends this season? And, if you have a loved one who is prone to their own “winter blues”, be sure to check in with them and offer them support.
 
Go. To. Sleep. We’re pretty sure you already know this, but we’ll keep repeating it! Your body and mind need restful, restorative sleep every night in order for you to perform your best during the day. Getting great shuteye will help keep your stress levels down and your energy up - so you can focus on staying healthy and positive during the winter months.

 

By incorporating these tips into your daily winter routine, you can help keep your body and mind in a great place all season long! If you are looking for a little more help, you may want to consider our natural mint-flavored full spectrum CBD oil tincture, which is mindfully crafted to help promote a sense of calm, focus, and better rest.

 

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