It’s harder to wake up in the morning. It feels like you are not getting enough sleep. It’s difficult to stay warm. You want to stay on the couch rather than make the effort to go outside. Inviting friends over is more exciting than going out to the movies. Motivation is low. Lethargy is high. You seem to be eating lots more than you did this summer. You feel blah…

Yep, that describes me to a T lately 🙂 You?

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Seasonal blues? It definitely could be. Many people who are normally fantastic go through this almost every year. It is an unexplainable thing – and most people say “oh, it’s just the seasons changing.”  I definitely get that feeling that I should be hibernating.

So how do you beat the winter blues and blahs? Try some of these ideas:

  • Regular exercise – do something small 3 or 4 days a week, and you will feel an energy boost!
  • Watch cravings – when you’re feeling bored and cooped up, sometimes you eat for no reason. If you’re really hungry, try a healthy snack – or mix carrots and Doritos for balance 🙂
  • Try a multivitamin! I hear D3 and other vitamins can help you be metabolically motivated
  • Sign up for a new class or activity. Just knowing that you have something on your calendar to look forward to can be motivating enough!
  • Book a massage or day at the salon. Being pampered might help you feel elevated from peasant to royalty
  • Pump up the jams! Crank up the radio or your favourite playlist. Music is an amazing mood booster!
  • Make a list of people you should call – and CALL THEM! If you’ve decided to bundle up and curl up on the couch – might as well be productive and talk to some old chums
  • Create something. Paint, draw, write, bake – anything creative. You’d be surprised at what you are capable of!
  • Turn on the lights! Watching TV in the dark? Light can lighten your mood. Better yet – get some sun 🙂
  • Make plans! Don’t watch the Saturday Night movie alone on the couch – see what’s new in theatres and invite a friend!

There’s lots of things you can do to stay out of hibernation and keeping afloat above the winter blahs. Try even one of these things and you might feel better, and soon enough you’ll be throwing on your snow pants and going out to play in the newly fallen snow.. it is coming you know 🙂