Get out and enjoy Winter!
It’s winter, which means you’re trapped inside, which means you’re probably starting to go a little stir crazy. Here are some tips for avoiding cabin fever until the weather warms up.
Plan Activities Ahead of Time
Make a list of books you want to read, print out crossword puzzles, find simple game apps, take on a new project—anything you can do to kill time. It has the bonus side effect of making you feel more accomplished.
Don’t Sleep In
This might seem counter-intuitive, as you might feel like you have nothing better to do and that sleep is something that will make time go faster. However, it’ll just make you feel sluggish and irritable. There is such thing as too much sleep.
Even if it’s just for 10 minutes, put on your coat and head outside for some fresh air and sunlight.
Eat Healthy Food
High-fat, high-carb foods—you know, the kind of stuff we snack on when it’s freezing outside – has the nasty side effect of making us feel terrible. Keep your energy and happiness levels up with a better diet.
Balance Social Time and Alone Time
If you’re alone all the time, you’ll get bored, and if you’re around people all the time, you’ll feel overwhelmed. Try to balance the two.
Avoiding fever isn’t that bad, huh? It may feel difficult to motivate yourself at first, but once you make yourself more active, keeping your own routine will come more naturally.
The holiday season can take a lot out of you. All that budgeting, running around searching for the perfect presents, decorating, and preparing food for family gatherings requires a lot of energy. However, if you want to go into the new year feeling refreshed and re-energized, here are some going tips for kicking off the beginning of January by getting back into the groove after the holidays.
- Sleep More: With all that running around to attend friend and family events, you’ve probably exhausted yourself by having an inconsistent sleep schedule. Get back on a normal routine.
- Minimize Stress: Fatigue builds up over the holiday season. Make a point to take some time out of the day just to meditate or have quiet time.
- Exercise and Eat Right: Let’s face it—everyone’s diet takes a nosedive during Christmas. You probably didn’t have time to work out, either. Focus on a balanced diet and exercise plan, and you’ll feel better in no time.
- Get Your Finances on Track: All those presents are expensive! Hold onto all those gift receipts, balance your checkbook, and give yourself a budget. You’ll be glad you did later.
- Organize Your Life: While you were cleaning the entertaining areas of your home for the holidays, you may have let your other routines fall to the wayside. Stay on top of domestic chores and, now that you’re settled, make time for your family, too.
After the holidays, you might feel like you’re sliding down a slippery slope, but just a few more days of resting and preparing can make you feel brand new.