February is always a difficult month because the holidays are over and it’s just cold outside! While I do not like winter, I know some mood boosting techniques sure to get you in the  right mood to enjoy every season!  After all, we have no choice unless we can leave the northeast for warmer weather.  Most of cannot—so, here are the ways to be happy in the coldest months of the year!  You don’t have to feel awful in winter months.

Experts claim that those that suffer from seasonal affect disorder don’t have to.
There are plenty of activities, apart from winter sports, that can help you embrace winter.

Here are 10 things you can do to embrace winter:

  1. Eat healthy food

Foods consisting of mood-boosting omega three (3) fatty acids, good carbohydrates (whole grains, brown rice, vegetables and fruits), lean proteins and vitamin B are effective. Steer clear of processed and refined meals, alcohol (to some extent), sugar and also foods full off fat. You can eat oatmeal for breakfast or perhaps salmon with whole meal pasta for lunch or dinner.  Some become depressed in winter months due to the fact that we dress in layers which give us a false sense of security when we gain weight from eating all the wrong foods. Staying lean in the winter months will surely boost your happiness quotient! In fact, you will be tempted to shed those layers and show a little arm!  www.eatingwell.com   is a great site to find out about eating healthy!  My book, Fabulous foods for Health and Healing also provides information on ingredients that are not only healthy, but can cure and/or prevent diseases and other illnesses. Check out http://www.keciaclarke.com/downloads/fabulous-foods-for-health-and-healing/

  1. Stay warm

Keeping yourself warm is yet another solution to feeling good. The cold weather can in fact make you feel fatigued easily as a result of the augmented energy demand on your body system in order to keep it warm.

  1. Routine workout

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It is inevitable that exercising enhances your state of mind for many hours; therefore you must find exercises that are completely doable and fun in winter weather conditions. Walking your dog and jogging in the winter can be exhilarating. If you just can’t stand the cold— No worries! Get your iPod on and use indoor equipment such as a stationary bike, treadmill or elliptical machine.  These machines offer fantastic workout routines proven to emit those feel great brain chemicals that can help your mood. And guess what? You only need to do 10 minutes at a time if you do it right! Check out my blog on the 10 minute workout, http://www.keciaclarke.com/10-minute-workout-2/.  Also visit http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/02/01/ten-minute-workout-short-intense-hiit_n_2599429.html .  So many gyms offer great discounts in the winter months because they know working out can beat the winter blues. My gym is offering great winter specials at   http://speedweighttrainings.com/  .  I urge you to check out my trainer, Paul Davis. He is amazing.

Remember, I wrote the book, Fitness is a Way of Life, The Easy Way to Make Exercise a Permanent Part of your Life.  Check out http://www.keciaclarke.com/downloads/fitness-is-a-way-of-life/ .

Working out in short bursts yields great results that will undoubtedly chase away the winter blues.

4.  Act on your resolutions

A recent study by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) discovered a powerful link between healthy behaviors and depression symptoms. Women that acted in healthy ways had less sad/depressed days compared to individuals who were not engaged in such healthy practices. The discoveries are undoubtedly same for men.  This means, work on your goals and dreams and never stop! . Do what you love and love what you do!  Check out http://muscles.zone/15-rules-live-optimal-health/ for de-stressing your life by doing what’s important to you! Living your best life means taking care of yourself!

  1. Unwind

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With everything taking place in our lives on a daily basis, it’s possible to be over-scheduled. As a result, don’t hesitate to say “No” to extras. Allocate several minutes daily doing only the things you love. Take time-out to read books or magazines, take a nap, retire to bed early, and take a yoga program. Stop giving all you have to others and love yourself first! Experts say relaxation can relieve you of stress and keep you calm, with helpful energy levels. http://www.naturalnews.com/047276_relaxation_health_benefits_stress_reduction.htmlhttp://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-living/stress-management/in-depth/relaxation-technique/art-20045368 and http://www.webmd.com/balance/guide/blissing-out-10-relaxation-techniques-reduce-stress-spot  contain great articles on relaxing and unwinding.

  1. Hang out

Socializing with girlfriends and buddies, loved ones, colleagues and neighbors is an excellent way to enhance your mood. Entertain! Friends love the impromptu cocktail get together in cold and snowy weather. This certainly boosts everyone’s mood! Endeavor to arrange for get together routines that bring friends and family members together. Go outdoors and be around people, as many times as possible, and your mood will be much better.

 

  1. Get plenty of rest

It is advisable to sleep for seven to eight hours every night, however refrain from the 12 hours siesta on the weekends, mainly because they can bring about boredom.  Implementing sound sleeping habits can stimulate the body to encounter a normal sleep routine. 10 to 30 minutes nap during daytime can do the magic for your energy level and improve your mood.

  1. Avoid excess alcohol and coffee intake  

Even though many people resort to alcohol when they are depressed, alcohol consumption is actually a depressant and instead of restoring mood it makes it even worse. Modest drinking behavior is good and with the holidays around the corner, cocktails are abundant! Drink with caution. If you can’t do without alcohol intake, then again uncontrolled drinking is not recommended.

Drinking lots of coffee will promote the release of the stress hormones that increase your body’s heart rate, blood pressure and tension levels – the old ‘fight or flight’ response.

Yes, coffee does give some energy but it’s a quick blast of energy followed by “down”  time.  have you ever felt jitterry after your morning joe?  Maybe it pushes you to get through the paperwork, but longer-term the health implications of this kind of ongoing stress are significant.

Turning on the stress hormones with a cup of coffee when you’re eating also interferes with the digestive process. When you’re in ‘fight or flight’ mode, your body will divert its resources to being ready for a potential threat and digestion suffers as a result. Check out  http://muscles.zone/15-rules-live-optimal-health/ for more on living your best life through a few great tips!  That article underscores the importance of getting enough rest, drinking water and my favorite, not sweating the small stuff!

  1. Carefully consider the pleasure in winter season

Take some time to enjoy the winter pleasures – hot chocolate together with marshmallows, open fires, tepid outfits, ice skating, skiing and other winter sporting activities. There are beauties about this time of the year to treasure too – fresh new snowfall, the intense blue colored sky. Taking pleasure in what you find around can make your thoughts positive, take charge and outshine any negative thinking. blog-post-brixtons-small-1Image Title 3 www.ski.com/resorts  ; http://www.vail.com/?cmpid=PPC301418644  are recommended websites for the best in in ski resorts!

          10.   Indulge in a treat!!!

Even if it is a vacation trip that is weeks away, the act of preparing for a trip can make one delightful based on research. Plan to treat yourself to something fascinating – a weekend short vacation, a day at a spa resort , a special event, a music show, a girls/guys night out or a sporting event are fantastic options available for you take advantage of during the winter season. Getting ready for the treat alone can do wonders for your mood.

Why not get away to a sunny warm climate?  Treat yourself to a great vacation!  I love http://www.travelocity.com/ ; www.cheaptickets.com  and http://www.travelzoo.com/  are great sites to explore for the best deal in vacation packages!

How to Enrich your Life through Travel is the most amazing read to get you to travel differently and with a purpose! Imagine changing your life just by changing the way you normally travel. I encourage you to check out my best selling E-book, How to Enrich your life through Travel, Release your Inner Gypsy, http://www.keciaclarke.com/downloads/how-to-enrich-your-life-through-travel/

For those that live in moderate climate all year round, I am a bit envious –as I hate the cold but since I have to endure it for 5 months out of the year, I share with you my Tried and True!

Live your best life!

Kecia #talkboss

Written by Kecia Clarke