Winter – it brings up many negative connotations for people. Winter can be one of the hardest seasons for people to cope with for many diverse reasons. As someone who lives in Southern California, winters are not as harsh for me. The majority of the country, though does not have the same blessing as I do. Snow, freezing temperatures, strident winds and road hazards are a few examples of why people do not enjoy winter.
Embracing the cold is the guidance that I give many people. Staying positive can be difficult, but it’s important to have this mindset. Winter can be something to look forward to; not pull away from. Here are four tips to help assure you have a healthy and happy winter!
1. Find the good in winter! There are so many positive things that take place in the winter. First off, all the major holidays take place in the months of November, December and January. Between Christmas, Hanukkah, New Year’s, and Thanksgiving, there are copious amounts of events that occur. Relish in the celebrations and time spent with your families. Besides all the entertainment, there are numerous winter-themed treats that arrive. Peppermint Mocha, Hot Toddies, Eggnog are just a few of the delectable treats that jump into my mind. Find whatever makes you elated and run with it.
2. Tailor your workout to the winter! When the temperatures drop and the wind is brutal, the last thing anyone wants to do is go outside to workout. It’s important to exercise in the winter as working out helps to raise endorphin levels and ensure you have a strong and healthy immune system. Harvard supports this idea and has written often about how a healthy lifestyle will boost your immune system. If it’s too cold outside for a run, keep a workout DVD on hand!
3. Ensure you are getting some sun! Vitamin D deficiency is something that affects many adults in the Northern Hemisphere. US News suggests that half of the population of the entire world is Vitamin D deficiency – which is a lot of people. As the sun’s rays become weaker in the winter, it’s important you make up for it. If it’s possible, stand outside for a couple minutes in the day to soak up those important sunrays. If it’s not possible for this to happen, talk to your doctor about a supplement to help in the meantime.
4. Don’t hibernate! It’s easy to fall into a habit of going home straight after work and staying in for a night of Netflix. It’s important to keep up the same social habits that you may have during the spring or the summer. Interacting with people is critical in keeping yourself happy and healthy during the winter. Use this time to do something you may have never thought of doing. Itching to start a book club? Looking for someone to start a wine club? Always wanted to try spinning? Find a buddy and try it out!
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