I hear so many people complain about weather, and
no sun, and blah, blah, blah. I love winter and fall. Spring is too wet
and sometimes hot, and summer is always hot. I count the days from May
to October. Some of my friends will ask me how many more days until fall
arrives and I always know.
Since a lot of you out there do not like winter,
I’m going to try and perk you up a bit.
--For all of you sun lovers (which I am not one
of), get up early and watch the sunrise. This is supposed to boost your
levels of serotonin. Getting up that early would just make me grouchy.
To each his own, I say. The recommended 30-minutes of sun a day will
--Always eat breakfast. It improves your energy and
curbs cravings. Aim for a combination of complex carbs, protein and a
small amount of healthy fat.
--Get some exercise. Thirty minutes a day of some
kind of exercise improves your energy and releases mood boosting
chemicals. Take a walk, walk your dog, jog or do yoga. You will feel
--Have a healthy snack. Cravings for sweets go up
during the winter months, so I’ve heard. Personally, I like chocolate
all year round. What you should really snack on are apple slices with
peanut butter, celery sticks with peanut butter, popcorn with parmesan
cheese, lemons, walnuts or pistachios. Cookies sound better to me.
--Do something for someone. Random acts of kindness
can lift your spirits. Trust me, I know all about this idea. It doesn’t
have to be expensive if you just help somebody with repairing something,
help with snow shoveling, go to the store for a neighbor or friend. Look
around, you will be surprised at how many ways you can help. You will
lose your inner weather grouch for a while at least.
--Relax before bedtime. Before dinner, turn your
phone and computer off. Eat an enjoyable, quiet meal. After dinner, flop
on the couch and put your feet up for a while. Read a book or watch TV.
Take a relaxing hot bath, drink a cup of caffeine free coffee or tea.
Meditate for a few minutes, and then count your blessings as you fall
asleep. When you worry on the things you are grateful for, you end up in
a more positive emotional state.
There you go--six easy ways to enjoy the winter, or
at least help you enjoy it some.
Happy New Year.