During this time of year, the sun sets earlier, and the days are colder, making us want to stay inside and warm. But for some, doing so might make them feel like they're not productive or seasonal depression might kick in. I'm no professional, but here are some of my favorite ways to kick the winter blues.
Take in Nature
If you're lucky enough to live in a place like Cabo, hit the beach and take in some vitamin D. If you live in a place where you actually get winter, with snow and the whole show, take a walk (remember to stay warm with a sweater or jacket!)
Take up a sport that not only keeps you fit but that you enjoy! If the weather doesn't allow you to work out outside, there are so many at-home workout videos you can find online. It doesn't have to be anything crazy; a 15-minute workout is better than nothing.
You can't expect to feel well when you're fueling your body with trash. I'm all for a sweet treat, but we need a balanced diet to help our bodies feel good and work properly.
This is a big one! Sometimes it's easy to forget, but keeping a reusable bottle of water near you will help you keep track.
Take Up a New Hobby
Keeping your mind or your hands busy is a great way to spend your time. When you start a hobby, you set goals for yourself; mastering the technique, doing so in a certain time frame, etc. Finishing a book, drawing/ painting, puzzle, or completing a collection gives you a sense of accomplishment.
The winter weather can be unforgiving for some skin types, so this is the perfect time to figure out what works best for your skin. Experimenting with products is fun, but make sure to use each product for long enough to see its true effect on your skin. Remember to keep your skin moisturized, from your face to your legs and elbows.
Spend Time with Loved Ones
Sometimes, all you need is to hang out with a good friend or spend a day with your siblings or parents. We all need an emotional recharge. Go out for a cup of coffee, brunch, a picnic, or anything you can think of! Even if you don't "do anything," just being in each other's presence might be all you need.
Whatever that means to you! Have a decadent spa day or do it yourself, go out for a coffee date or your favorite ice cream, spend the day to yourself with your book, or spend the day doing something you've been wanting to do but keep putting off.
This is one of my favorite end-of-the-year activities. Getting a new planner and setting goals, resolutions, whatever you want to call them. Want to be more productive at work? Start working out more, being more consistent with your second language lessons, or anything you want to do. Set SMART (Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, and Time based) goals for yourself; it's easier to tackle big goals when you break them into bite-size pieces.