Spring pictureThe temperature reached 60 degrees Fahrenheit on Monday in Michigan.  We haven’t seen 60 degrees since last fall.  It was a beautiful day!  The sun was shining.  The birds were chirping.  I went to a local park on my lunch and walked.  It was so great to be outside getting fresh air and walking.  My exercises have been confined to the indoors for months thanks to tons of snow and extremely cold weather all winter.  This year has been one of the coldest winters with the most snow we’ve had in a long time.

I’ve been doing well exercising almost every day for about a month indoors.  When I keep up with my exercising, I have an easier time resisting temptations.  One of our employees brought in Krispy Kreme doughnuts the other day.  I love Krispy Kreme doughnuts, especially the chocolate covered ones.  I resisted eating one because the immediate satisfaction wasn’t worth all the work I put in.

I can’t wait until it warms up outside for good and I can get out and exercise every day.  Getting out and enjoying nature can really improve your mood.  A lot of people get depressed in the winter because it’s harder to get out and do things.  They don’t see the sun enough.  They are confined to the indoors.  They refer to this sadness as the winter blues or seasonal affective disorder.

Below are some ways to help alleviate the winter blues:

  • Exercise
  • Eat healthy
  • Get plenty of sleep
  • Get outdoors whenever possible
  • Plan something to look forward to
  • Make time for friends
  • Try new things
  • Keep yourself busy
  • Push yourself to get out of the house

It’s important not to sit around and allow the weather to control your life.  Get away from technology and get out into nature.  Turn off the television, computer, and video games and connect with people.  Get out and enjoy life!  Spring is right around the corner.  Enjoy it!