Steps to LivingWell

Portrait of senior man in the flower garden

Even though March is just around the corner, the cold weather and lack of strong sunshine can result in the February blahs that don’t thaw until spring. It’s that time of year when our energy drops, exercise dwindles and our new year’s resolutions lose their zest! There are many ways to stay energized and healthy until spring time comes … it’s really important that we don’t let our guards down and fall into habits that can stress our bodies and minds.

There are, however, steps you can take to boost your mood and even enjoy the remainder of the winter!   Resist the urge to hibernate and get moving instead! When you exercise, it releases endorphins in your brain, which are natural mood lifters. Exercise will help you sleep better, too, and this is another component of beating a “blah” mood. If you’re tired, you’re much more likely to be cranky and irritable, but after a good night’s sleep it’s easier to keep a positive outlook.

One thing most people do not do during the holidays is skimp on sweets, which is why you should consider cutting back now. Sugar impacts your mood on a number of levels, not the least of which is causing spikes and crashes to your blood sugar level, which can make you feel like you’re riding an emotional roller coaster.

One final thought … whenever you find winter is bringing you down; remember that once it begins, spring is not far behind … bringing all the freshness of new life.