While the rest of the world happily celebrates the arrival of spring, you’re sitting at home with the blinds drawn. You’re watching T.V. while eating ice cream straight out of the tub, completely oblivious to the fact that it’s sunny and 72 degrees outside.
If that sounds like you, it seems like you have a serious case of the winter blues. Yes, winter is over, but you can’t shake it off. Maybe it’s time to spring clean your mind, body, and soul! Once you brush off the cobwebs that keep you back from happiness, you’ll get to greet this sunny and cheerful season with open arms! To get started, start doing the following 6 things:
Start eating better.
Gone are the days of sipping hot chocolate and eating hearty mac n’ cheese by the fireplace. Winter is the season of comfort food… and expanded waistlines. With comfort food comes lethargy, so naturally we’re a bit sluggish by the time spring rolls around. Get out of that funk and ditch the hot chocolate for a healthy smoothie! Skip that potato casserole and have a yummy salad. Forget that ooey-gooey piece of German chocolate cake and opt for a fruit salad. After a few weeks of eating more greens, fruits and vegetables, you’ll find yourself more energetic, alert, and, most of all, happier. If you want to take this one step further, swap your juice or soda for water and keep doing this for a few months. Water helps you detox your body’s organs.
Pictured is a cranberry spinach salad. You can find the recipe here.
Take up an outdoor workout activity.
As useful as gyms are, they can become depressing after a while. Simply jogging on a treadmill at a gym while gazing at the blue sky, green grass, and the chirping birds outside is enough to discourage you from going to the gym. What you need to do is to drink in the fresh spring air and soak up all the cheerful goodness spring has to offer… by exercising outside. Grab your running shoes and go jogging in the park. Wheel out your bicycle and put it to good use. Bust out your yoga mat and attend an outdoor yoga class. The possibilities are endless!
Reconnect with the most important people in your life.
The weather’s getting better. That alone is a great reason to venture out of your house and reconnect with the positive people in your life. Actually, improving your relationships is a surefire way to boost your spirits. Ignore the Negative Nellies in your life and instead call up the friends and relatives who are great, happy, positive people who encourage and support you no matter what. If you’re in a relationship and you feel that it’s becoming stale, whisk your significant other out on a spontaneous date!
Donate your old winter clothes.
Detox your closet for spring by getting rid of all the ratty winter clothes you wouldn’t even dream of wearing again next winter. Not only will you breathe a sigh of relief at the lighter and brighter closet void of dead weight, you’ll also feel good about yourself for donating your old winter clothes to those in need!
Buy some cute spring outfits!
Now that your closet’s been detoxed, you need to invest in some bright and colorful spring goodness! That means cute spring dresses, frilly skirts, stylish jackets, and yoga pants. By filling your closet with cute spring outfits, you’ll get a lot closer to getting rid of your winter blues. You know what they say, shopping is the best therapy!
Invest in a new pair of sandals and sunglasses.
Greet spring with the two things that remind you of spring – sandals and sunglasses! Simply purchasing a cute pair of sandals and sunglasses will officially commence the arrival of spring, and if that doesn’t make you feel all happy and giddy, what will?
About the author: This is a guest post from Anita, whose favorite niches are Healthy living and Fashion. She is a professional writer for Higherclick.com, currently writing on behalf of Macys.com.