After the long, sometimes lazy days of warm weather and daily outdoor summer activities, moving into the cooler weather is often bittersweet. While it is exciting to have a change of season with the cooling temperatures and the leaves changing colors, it also signals shorter days that are often bitterly cold and depressingly gray. It’s easy to slip into the winter doldrums and let inactivity and overeating get out of hand. With a few strategies up your sleeve, though, you can stay active and keep your waistline under control.
Dress the Part
Just because you have to add on the layers to go outside to retrieve your mail doesn’t mean you have to stick to neutral colors. Adding in a splash of red, blue, purple or green can instantly lift your spirits and put a smile on your face. Even if you have to dress conservatively for work, knotting a colorful scarf around your neck or threading it through your belt loops can instantly perk up your outfit.
Inactivity breeds inactivity. If you find yourself doing less and less each day the weather is bad outside, force yourself to get moving. Introduce your kids to your favorite music and dance around the room with them. Pop in an exercise DVD and follow along, trying your best to mimic the moves on the screen. The more you move, the better you’ll feel.
Just Add Light
It’s been proven that many people feel a distinct lack of energy during the shorten days of winter. In many cases, this is due to a lack of light. While you cannot control the amount of natural light that is present in the outside world, you can add to it in other ways. Inside your home, make sure you use lights that are strong enough for the room’s purpose. Keep this light soft enough, though, so that it is not harsh. Use candles to add to the warmth and mood of a room. Choosing candles in your favorite scents can give your home added cheer and happiness.
While feeling sluggish and a bit sad during the long winter is probably inevitable, it is possible to reduce this feeling to only a few days out of the season. Use these tips as a starting point to craft your own plan of action designed to get you through these months.