We are so close! The official start of spring is March 20th!
So how can you hang on until you are CERTAIN there will be no more snow?!
Tip 1 - Turn off the TV. Really. The challenge is, when you turn it off, you won't know what to do with yourself in the evenings. For example, if you watch TV from 8pm - 11pm Monday - Friday, that's 15 hours of extra time you need to fill! What's a woman to do?! Follow Step 2.*
Tip 2 - Go to bed! It might seem ridiculous to you to go to sleep an hour or even two hours earlier than you are used to, but you will be shocked at how refreshed you feel with 7-8 hours of sleep! Remember, there is a direct correlation between sleep and weight management. Besides, you want to be ready for those long summer days ahead!
Tip 3 - Coffee, lunch of dinner with a friend. Once a week, make a plan to meet a friend. If the weather is truly so bad it's dangerous, try Skype of Facetime. As human beings, we are meant to be together, and although many of us have come to enjoy our alone time, the truth is we are nourished and rejuvenated when we spend quality time with another human being.
I swear these three tips/actions have kept me upbeat and out of the blues this winter. They are not miracle cures, but following them will help regulate your mood, hormones and heart.
Wishing you peace and health as we thaw and gratefully await the spring!
*It has still been a challenge for me to figure out what to do in the evenings if I am not watching TV. I have a number of projects I'd like to get done that are non work related, but I don't seem to have the energy to do them at 8pm at night. My sleep schedule is 10pm - 5am.
Here are my suggestions of things to do:
- Instead of a large project, break it into smaller, more manageable ones.
- Light a candle.
- Clean one drawer in your bedroom or kitchen.
- Hand write a note to a friend, call a friend or loved one just because.
- Try stream of consciousness journaling.
- Begin a gratitude list.
- Pray or meditate.