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Winter Blues . . . oh no not again!

January 05, 2017

Winter Blues . . . oh no not again!

When January arrives the only thing I want to do, after wishing everyone a Happy New Year, is recover from the over indulgences and celebrations of the past two months. I tell myself that taking it easy for the month is a good idea. Instead of making plans I just let the days go by.

 

Focusing instead on making my New Year’s resolutions that always feels like the perfect way to start the year. I get excited about my new plans and fresh hopes. Making my list forces me to examine the past year and think about what I want to achieve and face what I did not. I’m full of hope about the coming year. What starts out as an uplifting experience turns discouraging when I start slipping and my resolution falters, reminding me of my past failures and before I know it I start feeling defeated.

I realize these feelings are not unique to me since I keep reading articles about New Year resolutions and winter blues, but that doesn’t stop me from falling into the same trap each year.

After much thought on the subject, I realize that I make two mistakes every year: The first; is that I don’t schedule fun things during these two months, things I can look forward to and have fun doing are a must.

The second; is the way I look at my resolutions. I find, I feel much better about myself if I keep them general. My goal is to feel good about what I am doing and small successes make me feel much better about myself and do more for helping me stay focused on larger successes

Here are the 3 areas I’ve targeted with easy things I can do to stay out of those dreaded winter blues.

I.   Instead of letting the next two months just go by I want to plan a couple of events I can look forward to.

a. Hosting a dinner party, nothing fancy, but having something to look forward to is always uplifting.

b. On the website www.goldstar.com (A great place to purchase discount tickets for theater, concerts, nightlife, sports etc.) I purchased discount tickets to see the Opera Carmen at Metropolitan Opera House.

II. Staying healthy – I love the idea of resting but I don’t want to become a couch potato.

a.  It’s a good time to catch up on sleep. I know that even an extra half hour of sleep can make a big difference. Going to bed a bit earlier is easy to do without much change in my schedule.

b.  I’ve read many articles about the importance of vitamins, especially vitamin D during the darker days of winter. Making certain I take my vitamins is an easy fix.

c.  Another easy fix is eating healthy foods. I know that having a variety of vegetables is a great way to ensure a healthy diet. I don’t eat as many salads in the winter, but either making soups or mixing grains and beans with vegetables is a wonderful alternative.

d.  No matter how careful I was during November and December I ate more sugar than I know is good for me. Eliminating sugar for these two months will not only make me feel good but will help me loose any extra pounds I might have put on.

e.  Movement is essential and walking is my form of exercise. I need to pay attention to my Fitbit and make certain I take my dog for long walks, even if I don’t feel like it.

III. Achieving a task always makes me feel better.

a.  I love magazines and still enjoy reading the paper version far more than on my I-pad. The problem is that they pile up very quickly and my husband isn’t as fond of the piles as I am. Going through each magazine and only keeping the articles that interest me makes me feel so productive and keeps my husband smiling. That’s always a good thing!

These are my thoughts, I’ll let you know if they work. How about you? Have you come up with winter blue’s solutions? Let us know, we all can use the help.





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