Sometimes winter has us in a slump. I know I get grumpy when I haven’t seen or felt the warm sunshine in awhile. Regardless of the season though, here are 10 steps you can take to make you feel better at the end of each day!
- Stay hydrated: Drink a bottle of water when you wake up, before each meal, after a workout, and 1-2 extra throughout the day. (Hint: this will help your dry winter skin too ;))
- Play some music: When I’m getting ready in the morning, I love to put on a happy playlist to set the tone for my day. I also love listening to music in the shower and during commutes. If you don’t have one already, make a playlist of songs that make you think of a good memory or make you smile.
- Move around: The workdays can make this one hard to accomplish, but even a 30-minute walk (inside on the treadmill or outside on a trail) will help your digestive system as well as your ability to fall asleep at night.
- Start your day 20 minutes earlier: As a morning person, this one is pretty easy for me to do. (I usually get up 2-3 hours before I have to leave my apartment just to do little things that I love.) If you’re not to my extreme yet, just start the day 20 minutes earlier to write down 3 things you’re grateful for or read a health or sports article with your morning coffee. Being in a rush is never fun before a busy day ahead.
- Get your protein in: Similarly to staying hydrated, it’s important to consume enough protein so that you have energy throughout the day. I am a pescatarian, which means I have to be a little more creative when it comes to finding sources of protein. I always make sure to have protein bars and my protein powder stocked. I recently started adding protein powder to pancakes, which is sooooo good!
- Wear comfy things: Dress yourself in a way that makes you feel confident AND comfortable. I always find that when I buy things that look good, but feel horrible, I end up thinking about how uncomfortable I am the whole time… NOT worth it!
- Avoid foods/drinks that make you feel bad: If you know that eating ice cream makes your stomach upset, don’t eat a massive bowl topped with hot fudge and sprinkles for temporary pleasure. Moderation peeps! You can still enjoy ice cream, French fries, and Sunday morning donuts, but try not to overdo it.
- Call someone: Catching up with a relative or friend is never overrated. It will also make that person feel special when you say that you were just thinking about them and wanted to give them a call!
- Do things that challenge you: Whether that be a sudoku puzzle or cycling class that you’ve been nervous to try, pushing yourself in new contexts can be good for your mental and/or physical health.
- SMILE: Do things that make you happy… baking, taking pictures, getting fresh air, etc. Life is meant to be enjoyed!