Building good habits can make a world of difference when trying to overcome the winter blues. Many people believe lack of sunlight is to blame for the slump many experience during the winter months. In reality, it could be a combination of things easily combated by switching up everyday routines.
- Indulge in some Nostalgia
Research has recently linked nostalgia with high self-esteem. Looking back on the success you have experienced over your life can be a very healthy thing. The holidays typically make people feel more nostalgic than they do the rest of the year. During the holidays we usually reconnect with loved ones with whom we share our sweet memories of the past.
Even though the holidays might be over, the winter months are still a great opportunity to use social networking to your benefit. It can be uplifting to share with someone how important they are to you. An old friend can help bring back memories you had completely forgot about!
- Change of Scenery
A vacation is always the best bet when it comes to a new optimistic outlook. When planning a trip isn’t an option, you can help change your scenery by changing up your living space. Rearranging the furniture can be a fun way to switch up your environment.
The frigid winter months can really make you miss Mother Nature. A fun way to start is by taking some branches off of your favorite tree to create a center piece for your dining room table. Some low maintenance plants can really freshen up your décor!
- Be Fit and Fun!
It’s very important to keep moving – as they say, use it or lose it! Exercising for at least 20 minutes per day is the key to a healthy state of mind. Scientists have linked regular exercise with curing memory loss, depression, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease.
The key to building a habit is setting a trigger to initiate an action. For example, recruit a friend to keep you honest about your workout routine. After you have built a proper routine, reward yourself for completing your workout goals. Your workout buddy and you can set parameters in regards to your goals, routine and reward!