Find yourself getting a little bit crabby during the winter chill? Don’t worry, you’re not alone. As tempting as it can be to hide under the covers and have a binging session of Netflix – it’s just as important to keep moving and social during the colder months. So this weekend, try hitting pause and working your way through our list.
1. Get outside
A contributing factor to that “down” feeling you get during those cold, dark and depressing winter months is often a lack of Vitamin D. If you work in an office, go for a lunch time lap around the block and soak in some rays! But don’t forget to apply sunscreen, because the sun can still burn even if it doesn’t feel like it.
In the wise words of Elle Woods: “Exercise gives you endorphins. Endorphins make you happy.” While she may have been referring to a certain high profile, fictional murder case – it’s a life lesson we can all take on board. Whether it’s a gym class, a competitive sport or simply a run around the block, getting the heart pumping always makes everything seem less gloomy.
3. Eat green
While comfort food can feel good at the time, the lasting affect won’t always be so positive. Don’t completely ignore your old friends: the healthy greens! A nutrient rich diet is a natural mood-booster your body will thank you for.
4. Dinner with friends
Though speaking of comfort food, is there any better feeling than a delicious meal surrounded by good company? Put something in the diary, and use the cold months as an excuse to catch up somewhere cosy. Not sure where to start? Check out these dining offers.
5. Try something new
There’s nothing like a good challenge to take your mind off the cold. Use this winter as an opportunity to learn a new language or skill. Is there something that’s you’ve always regretted not trying? Now is the time!