Yes. January is here and winter has officially arrived. As beautiful as the snow is and the sound of pouring rain, winter also certainly has its "ugly side : The winter blues. We all at a certain point in winter feel like we do not want to leave the house, lack of motivation and energy and we just feel like we want to sit on the couch and basically just soak up the warmth of the house without having to do anything else but watch TV and eat comfort food.
In this post we will try to help you find ways to combat those winter blues and get the positivity and energy to surround you during these cold months.
1 - Exercise. Even if it was in the comfort of your own home. You don't need to leave the house to go to the gym or anything, you could just do your daily exercise right from your living room or bedroom by following some moves from YouTube channels such as Blogilates.
2 - Tell a friend to help you with combating the winter blues by forcing you to get out of the house even if it was for just an hour at the coffee shop, or maybe 30 minutes at the gym. Its good to get out and have some fresh air.
3 - Surround yourself with bright colors. Wear bright clothes, or maybe a bright lipstick. Put a bright blanket on your bed just to make you look at something the will wake the summer in your brain!
4 - Listen to happy music. Whether its pop, country or jazz, listen to it and feel the energy and avoid listening to dark or sad music.
5 - Set a reading area in your living room in front of the snow view, get a faux fur small rug and set some books on side and start reading a comedy book with a warm sweet hot drink.
6 - Start a DIY project that you can do at home. Keep your creative juices flowing and make two projects every month. Project suggestions include learning how to make scented candles, photo collages of your summer vacation and knitting a scarf.
7 - Change up your look! Give your salon a visit or maybe if your good at doing things on your own; you can do your own hair. Change up your hair color for the winter season, or maybe give your hair a haircut or a trim. Whatever you do, you will certainly feel uplifted!
We hope you found those tips helpful and always remember, try to always look at the great things in your life and always be thankful to all the blessings God has given you.
Stay Cozily Happy :)
A new year and a new year resolutions list! Look at last year's list and this year's list, what is in common between them? The unfulfilled goal of getting into the shape of your dreams! Yes we are all guilty of that and let me tell you something : Its okay! Because hopefully after you read this post you will somehow want to at least try to give it another shot but with a different perspective.
Scroll down through the following tips on how to be more motivated to workout and how to love to exercise!
1- Workout for your happiness!
Exercise makes you happy. It makes you feel good mentally and psychologically. Other than the fact that it is an excellent stress reliever, your brain literally reacts in a way to make you feel better. We don't want to get too scientific here but did you know that when you exercise, your brain releases an enzyme called endorphin? Yes endorphin is the happy enzyme! It's a chemical in your brain that makes you feel happy. So exercise to get yourself more of those happy enzymes!
2- Workout to be fit and in shape and not for losing pounds!
We are all guilty of harming our bodies with unhealthy habits. Whether they were nights of eating junk food, or tobacco consumption or even spending too much time on the couch; our bodies start adapting to these unhealthy habits and become unhealthy people. So to incorporate a healthy lifestyle you need to have balance; by a healthy balance we mean that even if you slip up and do those unhealthy habits, you can still make up for it by getting up and giving your body the fitness it deserves as a goal and not to make your only goal is seeing the scale go down.
3 - Workout for a short time everyday so you don't dread your workout routine!
Keep your heart rate going everyday and night but working out for short intervals during the day and do not restrict it for a hours a few days a week. To keep your metabolism going and your motivation level up, work out for 20 - 30 minutes everyday maximum and spread it throughout the day. For example, do 10 minutes of cardio (Dancing (2 songs)), star jumps, jogging in place) and another 10 minutes of strength exercises (lunges, squats, etc..) during the day and then another 5 - 10 minutes of sit ups, push ups and crunches. Spread your workout throughout the day in the comfort of your own home.
4 - Make your workout session into an activity that you love!
Do something you love while working out! If you love swimming, then go swimming! If you love to dance, then go dancing! Don''t force yourself with a workout you dread, make it a happy activity that you love.
5 - Associate your workout with something you love, this way you will look forward to your next workout session!
By this we mean that you can do an activity that you love doing while working out. For example; divide a movie that you want to watch on 20 minute sessions for the next 6 days! Watch 20 minutes of the movie everyday and this way you will look forward to it the next day and thus you will look forward to working out! You can also start a series or a TV show and make it your "workout show" and watch an episode every workout session. If you go to the gym and you dread the treadmill; then start a book on your kindle and read a chapter for every treadmill session, this way you will want to go to the treadmill just to see what happens next in your book!
We hope those tips help you to love to workout and always remember to love yourself and love your body and how you look regardless of your weight, size or shape because that is the most important thing. Workout to be fit and healthy and not because you want to change who you are. Exercise because you want to give your body the love and health it deserves and to make your life happier, longer and healthier!