Four ways to beat the weather blues
To finish this series on achieving life balance, I feel it is necessary to take a quick look at how weather can affect you and the steps you can take to avoid weather blues.
In our area we did not have a usual winter. There was little snow. We are used to daily accumulations making for big snow banks until well into March. Then just as we were all thinking that we liked winter this way—and had recently moved into a spring that felt more like summer—the weather report says we're about to get another blast of winter!
So often when we listen to the weather report, it is all doom and gloom, wind chill, snow accumulations or slippery roads—even when it's officially spring.
Don’t buy into the hype. State of mind is as much a part of achieving life balance as any form of physical exercise, relaxation or healthy eating.
Here’s what you need to do:
- Get out and enjoy the weather. Nothing is better for you than to be in fresh air when you are so often cooped up inside with life’s commitments.
- Move your body. It is so much better for you than sitting all day.
- Do something you enjoy every day. This will benefit you more than any deadlines you have met.
- Meet up with others during the activity and enjoy their company. This is so good for your psychological state.
Recently, we were out skiing with our sons, one of many times this season. As we were riding the lift, we reflected on how beautiful it was on the hill. The sun was shining, the sky was blue and the trees were all covered in new snow. It was a chilly day, but that just made the conditions perfect for our little ski getaway.
As we finished our ski day, we all felt that we had more energy and felt really relaxed.
No matter what you choose to do, being out of doors is a great way to add balance to your life. So, the next time the weather is getting you down, get out there and enjoy it. You will feel better for it.
What do you do to beat the weather blues? Share your tips in the comments below.