It’s that time of year already? The holidays are over, the twinkly lights are down, and we’ve all already cheated on our New Year’s resolutions in one way or another. There’s nothing romantic about the snow when you’re trying to dig your car out of a foot of it. Valentine’s Day is still out of sight, and spring is an even more distant dream. Mid-January is the worst.
I always find myself in the worst shape around this time of year–tired, grouchy, and constantly freezing. My mom used to call it the January Blues. So what are some ways to get out of your slump and avoid Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)?
1. Keep active.
In the warmer months, we’re outside and moving around more. I’m on my butt in front of the TV way more in the winter months, but I always seem to be exhausted. I’ve found that continuing to get up and move around keeps me from getting so sluggish. Try a new yoga class or find an indoor pool near you and try to swim laps a couple times a week. If you’re not a workout person, just getting up from your desk and walking around the building a few times a day will do you some good, too. And if the weather ever does get above freezing, bundle up and take a walk though the cold (or head up to the rooftop, like we do). That fresh air will clear so much junk out of your head.
2. Plan things to look forward to.
Maybe you can’t afford to take a weekend trip in late January to somewhere warm (although if you can, do that!). But you can still schedule things in your life that give you something to look forward to besides that first kind of warmish day in April. Get tickets to see a show with your girlfriends or ask your mom if she can come to visit for a few days. Counting down the days to something in the near future will keep you sane.
3. Make sure you’re eating right.
Comfort food calls my name when it’s cold out, but a bad diet is going to slow down your body as much as anything else. It’s not about losing weight, it’s about feeling good. Bring home some fruit from the store every once in a while and snack on berries. Get a smoothie in the morning instead of your usual venti mocha. You’ll get more energy in the longer run from the former.
4. Stay close with friends.
When it gets cold out, we tend to blow off meeting up with friends because it’s so much easier to just stay home where it’s warm. But avoiding social hours will contribute to that lonely feeling we get after the holidays are over. Go out with friends! Even if it’s not a production of a night, you can still invite people over to giggle over The Bachelor or have a cute dinner party.
How are you staying happy?