I always struggle this time of year with the winter blues. The joy of the holiday season has passed but the Ohio weather won't give way to spring. I think the lack of sunshine and flip flops can cause a diagnosable disorder! I always find myself fat because of Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Valentines Day. It's easier to blame the holidays than my eating habits. So this is what I have to make myself do every year to get out of the funk.
First: I have to pick up my exercise routine, not to lose weight necessarily, but just to regain energy. I find a friend and we sign up for a few early spring 5k's. I found that this is a big motivator to get moving.
Second: I have to shop. I don't have a ton of money to blow but even a cute spring top from target seems to lighten my spirits. I usually end up wearing it with a sweater because it is still snowing here in April, but at least I know I have it on!
Third: I spend an afternoon with the little ladies having a beach party at home. We spend the afternoon making fun food that we would take on a picnic and pack up to head for the beach. The beach being our family room and our picnic table being a sheet spread out on the floor. Hey it works! We pass the beach ball around and paint our toenails. They then insist on putting on their bathing suits and getting in the bathtub, but hey whatever works. It always makes me happy.
Fourth: Typically is a fresh haircut, but since i'm trying to let it grow that's not an option this year.
So good luck to you with your winter blues and give me some tips on how you get through the last few weeks of winter...