Beating the Winter Blahs

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January and February are some of the most blah months. Christmas and New Year’s are over, the days are short, and it’s freezing out. Or you live in Southern Alberta where it’s -21C one day and +7C the next. This results in ice rink sidewalks and walking trails, which for this preggo have kept me from getting outside and enjoying the snow and cold like I normally enjoy doing. Everyone has their own way of uplifting themselves, and here are a few ideas:

  • GET OUTSIDE! I swear by this one! Even if it’s for a 10 minute walk, bundling up and getting out and getting just a little fresh air will really improve your spirits. During these days while I wait for paperwork to clear so I can begin substitute teaching, I try to walk to the post office to pick up my mail each day. It’s just a half mile each way, but when I get back my cheeks are rosy and I feel awake and just better!

  • Don’t forget the importance of your nutrition. Staying healthy is so important to staying happy! It is hard to stay energized and at our best if your body is not getting the vitamins it needs. I find it can be challenging to consistently get the vitamins I need on a daily basis, so supplements can help a lot. One a Day Gummies are a tasty way to get your vitamins and  FLINTSTONES Active Kids Gummies can help get needed nutrition to your picky eaters.

  • Brighten up your scenery with fresh flowers and plants.  Spring may not be blooming outside, but there’s no reason why you can’t have fresh foliage in your office and home.  Studies have shown that having flowers and plants in your workspace can increase creativity, improve your mood and even reduce anxiety. My grandma gave me about 14 plants when she moved into her retirement and I have four left that are doing great. They really do make a big difference. The key to keeping them alive? You need one of those potter with the water storage in the bottom so you only have to remember to water your plants every week or so!

  • Listen to upbeat music that makes you happy.  It sounds easy, but I often forget how much music can change my mood and make a dark, cold day a little bit more cheerful.  Music is linked to improvements in mood and decreased anxiety when you listen to tunes that make you happy on a regular basis. That’s reason enough for me to blast my favourite 90s tunes!
  • Keep nasal cold symptoms away. I had THE WORST cold over the Christmas holidays and being pregnant, I couldn’t take anything! However, I was able to use hydraSense Daily Nasal Care to alleviate nasal cold symptoms because it’s100% naturally-sourced seawater that reduces nasal congestion and nasal cold symptoms.

What are some of the little things you do to stay positive?

Do you find it a challenge at this time of year?

This post is sponsored by Bayer. To make sure these products are right for you, always read and follow the label.

2 Comments

  • Sandra January 31, 2018 at 4:11 pm

    I really enjoy reading your tips! If I may add, beating the winter blahs gets harder and harder as the years pass. This particular winter, I have found additional comfort in meditating and diffusing essential oils the minute I get home from work (I am a teacher as well). They are calming and comforting, helping with my stress levels and better sleep. If something so simple (essential oils) can bring me a little joy, then it’s worth it! It becomes quite a fun hobby, too. I recommend getting a starter kit to anyone willing to find out just how enjoyable and beneficial oils are. I’ve tried a bunch, these are by far the best and purest — http://www.myyl.com/aromatherapybliss.

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    • Rachel January 31, 2018 at 6:12 pm

      Thanks for the tip Sandra! A lot of my friends are swearing by oil diffusers, I just have to get on the ball and get one to try. I love scented candles so I’m sure oils would be great (and offer additional health benefits)! Happy hibernating!

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