The first day of summer this year is on Sunday, June 21st. Although we have spring to look forward to, we must weather the winter first. The days are shorter, the commutes to work are often more difficult and we spend much of our time indoors. It’s no wonder most of us to catch the winter blues! Here’s how to beat them:
Get outside and take a walk within an hour of waking up in the morning.
One of the main reasons that people seem to suffer from the winter blues is lack of sunlight. Getting outdoors, even if it’s just for a brisk walk around the block, will do you good.
Take a winter vacation.
Although most of us reserve vacation time for the summer, taking a winter vacation can be fun and highly beneficial. A ski resort is the perfect place to take advantage of the winter weather. If you’re trying to escape from the snow, maybe a weekend getaway to Las Vegas or a week in the Caribbean is more your style.
Get up, and get moving!
Exercising is one of the last things that most people want to do in the winter time. It’s too cold to run outside and even taking a ride to the gym seems out of the question. Exercise releases endorphins, those hormones that keep us happy, which means that exercise is an important part of beating the winter blues.
Limit your caffeine intake.
Drinking tea and coffee is a great way to warm up in the winter time. Many can’t imagine driving to work, walking around campus or strolling around the block without a warm beverage in hand when the temperature drops. Caffeine is great for keeping us warm, but also causes fatigue and dehydration. Everything in moderation!