Winter blues can get the better of us. Cold winds, grey skies and loss in motivation to stay active can make us feel crabby and isolated.
But never fear! There are some great things you can do to stay positive and prevent feeling lethargic. If you can keep your mood up in the colder months the benefits for your body may include helping you to avoid winter weight gain. Your social life can also continue to bloom and you may even inspire your friends and family to follow your journey towards a happy and active winter.
1. Say no to comfort food.
Resist all urges and don’t get stuck in the pitfalls of sugary and fatty meals. Refined sugars and carbs may feel comforting at first but will soon result in feeling cranky and agitated. Instead, eat plenty of grains, vegetables and nuts to keep your mind and body feeling great during the winter season.
2. Embrace the season with winter activities!
One excellent way to boost your mood and keep your social life buzzing is to join an indoor sports team. Check your local community centres and see what’s on offer. There’s normally a range of team sports or dance and group fitness classes available. On weekends, head to an ice skating rink with friends and family to enjoy a fun-filled hour of laughter and exercise!
3. Speaking of socializing, did you know being around others has the power to boost your mood?
Unlike some animals, humans are not meant to hibernate in winter. Call some friends and arrange a dinner, a walk in the park or catch the latest film at the cinemas. Socialising has an incredible power to boost your mood and get you outdoors and moving!
4. Book a winter holiday or a weekend escape.
Many tourism companies and hotels drop their prices over the winter period so you might grab yourself a bargain deal that’s too good to pass! Getting away with your family and friends is a great way to get active and enjoy everything winter has to offer. Plus, planning a trip can make you happier, as it gives you something adventurous to look forward to.