So, the sun finally burnt out.
BEFORE I BEGIN…
HAPPY 1 YEAR BLOGIVERSARY TO CUP OF SUSAN!!
Just a little throwback to my first ever post…
AND NOW, BACK TO WINTER….
After a really…what am I even saying…I meant, REALLY nice winter, the storm has come and it looks really nasty out. I can’t even tell the difference between rain, snow, and hail anymore. They all pretty much mashed into one thing (Does that give you an idea how “beautiful” southern Ontario’s winter is looking like?).
Not sure how you feel about winter, but seeing constant darkness has really taken an extra toll on me. Seasonal affective disorder (also known as SAD) does exist and can linger throughout the whole season, even if we start to get used to being in the dark, grey environment.
So, what can you do to boost your energy and mood through these stormy days?
Work Outside of your Home
Yes, I know…the chilly wet weather doesn’t look appealing, but you got to do what you got to do! Don’t let that make you turn into a slump. Sometimes having people around you will help boost your productivity. Get yourself to a local cafe, treat yourself to something good, and pull out your work. Most cafes would be brightly lit and boosting with positive energy. Extra points for not having a bed nearby for you to crawl in when it starts getting dark!
Re-Adjust your Sleep Schedule
Trust me, the sun will creep up and away before you know it. Some days, with this snowy weather, may feel like sunlight actually does not even exist since it’s so short lived each day. What will I suggest? If you aren’t a night owl, wake up an hour earlier and go to bed an hour earlier. We all know the sun is going to set early, so why not join it? This would help boost your productivity as you’ll have a more likely chance of experiencing and bathing in the brighter daylight as long as it lasts.
Get Moving and Work That Booty
I know, it’s cold and all you want to do is hibernate. But, studies have shown that even low-intensity movement can increase your dopamine levels and help improve your mental outlook. Especially if you re-adjust your sleep pattern, you can get your workout in before the sun rises to feel extra ready to take on the day!
These are just a couple of things that I’ve been doing/working on to help me get over the curve of this puddle-full weather!
What are your ways to get through crummy weather?