Dark skies & cold temperatures at this time of year may have you feeling a little blue! The fact is, there are physical, emotional, and mental challenges that come with a season of cold weather. You’re probably counting down the days until spring arrives. Here are a few suggestions on how to beat the January blues in the meantime:
1. Bring nature inside.
Part of what we miss the most during this time of year is the ease of getting out doors & into the garden. Why not bring the outside into your home – it will work wonders. Fill your home with household plants & flowers. You could also use essential oils in a diffuser. Taking a deep breath of an essential oil like sandalwood provides healing benefits.
2. Embrace the cold, fresh air.
Our bodies need fresh air to stay healthy, and cold air is still fresh air. It’s so easy to stay indoors & snuggle up on the couch but we need to remember to do what we can to breathe in fresh air on a regular basis. As temperatures permit, step outside for a short walk.
3. Stay physically healthy.
Remember to get plenty of exercise, eat well and drink water. Consult with your doctor as to which multi-vitamin is right for you, and what you can do to keep your vitamin D level up during the winter months.
4. Make the best use of your time.
Everything always boils down to improving your mindset. How can you make the best use of your time during the post-holiday, winter season? Why not use January & February as a catch up time & work on the things you didn’t get a chance to do during the busier time of the year? De-clutter your / the families wardrobes. Think about a sport that you enjoy rather than feel you have to do and look up the nearest club to join. Catch up on your favourite books, which you have been meaning to read. Start a book club with your friends and plan a monthly meet up.
5. Join a local volunteer group
Why not give some of your time, for a couple of hours a week, to a local charity of your choice? Charities are always looking for volunteers – it could be your local gardening club, homeless shelter or even a local beach or park clean up. Just planning your activity will put a spring in your step for the year ahead and encourage a positive mindset.
You could consider some other changes at this time of the year like re-looking at your health insurance. Perhaps take some time to consider GloHealth’s Activate plan. With Activate you can decide the cover you want, when you want it. You get cash back for scans, x-rays, consultant visits and even short stays in hospital. And you can upgrade whenever you want – for faster access to private treatment. See http://healthinsurance.glohealth.ie/activate-cash-plan/ for more information.
Written by: Susan Walsh from www.familyfriendlyhq.ie