I come from a science background and have to say I love facts. Unfortunately, this topic comes with a lot of opinion and few facts so, I’ll share my opinion.
If you could pick one month to be ‘the worst,’ what would it be? In my opinion, we are sitting at the hardest time of year and I’ll explain why.
1. New Years inspiration is dwindling. I read somewhere that 80% of resolutioners have failed by March. We’re already 2 months in, if you haven’t settled into your fit flow now, you’ll have to try again next year right? (Obviously no, but I’ll cover the fix in a sec). Failed expectations usually result in quitting all together.
2. The never ending short cloudy, rainy, snowy days. I have learned to plan my life around sunshine and am grateful I have the flexibility in my schedule to do so. I cannot count on my fingers how many days I’ve seen clients with low to no energy…and groups of them. We feel like hibernating under a pile of blankets until we get 3 sunny days in a row 😂 S.A.D. is real and so many of us feel it. It dampens our mood (literally 😂) and affects how we feel.
3. The sickness! It seems to be getting worse each year but it is HARD to do much when you’re feeling under the weather…we don’t want your germs anyway 😉 It’s hard to avoid it and unfortunately often after being sick we use it as an excuse to do nothing instead. Then we get stuck in a loop.
4. You were fulfilling your resolutions but hit a plateau and got frustrated and lost momentum and now you’re just annoyed with yourself.
So, after observing a lot of feelings and energy levels over the past year, I really believe these things are true (I’m sure I’m missing a lot) and am happy to share some ways to kick this slump in the ass.
Make it a priority to get outside on nicer days, even if its only for 15 minutes.
Exercise = happy endorphins, improved self image, improved abilities.
Set little goals that create your big goals. Celebrate the little victories. I always recommend to take photos and measurements and to focus on feel more than numbers on a scale.
Spend your time around people that make you smile. Smiling makes you happier.
Go on daycations. If you look, you can find sun on a rainy day. I’ve driven to Lilooet, Yale, Pemberton, Merrit, Whistler, Washington etc. for sunny weather. It makes a fun trip and SUNSHINE.
Get outside into nature. Waterfalls are wet anyway. On rainy days around town I’ll try to do a quick waterfall hike or something similar where we are close to dry clothes and warm cuddles. TAKE ADVANTAGE OF SUNSETS. The sun sets so early in the winter, take advantage and get to the river or up a mountain. It’s so beautiful to watch 😍
If you have kids, look through their eyes. My son loves to be in his hiking backpack, loves to eat snow and loves car rides. Its a no brainer for me.
Indoor home improvements. Once the weather improves I spend my time in my yard. So spend these wet, dark days indoors prepping your house for those summer parties. For me that’s decluttering, painting and deep cleaning. These things feel SO good!
Crank up the heat and turn on all your lights. BC hydro will love you for this one 😂 but on days where it’s extra gloomy, I turn on all the lights and the heat goes up so I can wear no pants, comfortably. Pair that with some music and indoor tasks, you have a fun night. 😉
So, those are all my best winter practices. I can honestly say I don’t think I’ve been affected by S.A.D. this year and I think this is why! There are a lot of uncontrollables in our lives (like the weather) and the best we can do is control our response 💕💕 I know a lot of people tell me they’re more active in the summer, but don’t wait until then. Stay in the habit of moving and being active in the winter. It makes the transition easier come summer. I know, for me, a part of the winter slump is feeling under stimulated so staying busy helps big time.