After the holidays, it’s pretty common to fall into a winter slump.
On one hand, you may have lofty goals set for the new year. But on the other, you don’t have as much to look forward to now that the holidays are over.
I’ve been there! I commonly find myself in a winter slump come mid-January. Sometimes I’m able to stay on track with some of my goals, but other areas of life go completely off track.
I get tired, grouchy, and irritated that I can’t spend much time outside. I honestly think the majority of my winter slump comes from a lack of fresh air and sunshine. That’s one of the worst things about a winter slump, it’s really hard to beat it until spring rolls around.
But in the meantime, you’ve still got things to do and you can’t let your winter slump keep you down.
Here are 4 ways to beat your winter slump this year.
1. Get Moving!
It’s hard to want to exercise when it’s cold and dreary outside, but it’s one of the easiest ways to beat a slump.
If you encounter a warm-ish day, get out side and take a walk. Otherwise, you can find plenty of ways to exercise at home, even if you don’t have any equipment.
You can do body weight exercises, like air squats, push ups, sit ups, lunges, and more.
If you have room in your budget, spring for a few basic items to use for your at-home workouts. A set of dumbbells can go a long way.
If you have a stair case, you can use it to get some extra cardio in your workout. Use your bottom step to do some fast step ups, or run up and down the staircase a few times in a row during your workout.
2. Lay Off The “Good Stuff”
The holidays are usually packed full of foods that are delicious, but terrible for you, like chocolate, carbs, caffeine, and alcohol.
These are all great treats for once in a while. But after the holidays are done, it’s best to get back to fresh fruits and vegetables to avoid a winter slump. You’ll feel better if you lay off that stuff for a while.
3. Soak Up the Sun
As I mentioned, when there is a warm-ish day with sunshine, I try to get outside for at least a few minutes. But even if it’s not warm outside, you can still let the sun do it’s magic while you’re inside.
Open up the blinds during the day while it’s sunny to help you get some extra vitamin D and lift your mood. Getting as much sun as possible will definitely help you beat your winter slump.
If that still doesn’t help, try a sunlight lamp. Yes, it’s a thing.
4. Change Your Scenery
This time of year is when I always get an itch to redecorate. When you’re house-bound during winter is a good time to tackle a redecorating project. Plus, changing things up may help with your winter slump.
You don’t have to spend money to change your scenery either. Last year I moved my furniture around in my living room and even changed what room some of my wall hangings were used in. This gave my space a new look without having to spend money on new decorations.
If none of these work to get you out of your winter slump, don’t fret. Spring will be here soon!
Are you in a winter slump? How do you combat your winter slump?