No matter how pretty a snow-covered landscape may look, it’s easy to come down with a case of cabin fever during the winter season. Don’t let a little chilly air get you down! Tell Jack Frost to get lost with these tips on how to beat the winter blues.
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It’s easy to skip your workout when the cold weather hits, but heart-pumping activities can make you feel better both physically and mentally. Take the time to appreciate the season with winter-exclusive activities, like ice skating, skiing and snowshoeing. Even clearing your car and driveway of snow will help get your mind and body moving. If the great outdoors isn’t for you, try bowling, walking around your local mall or take a yoga class.
Don’t forget to don your warm layers for any outdoor activity. The American Heart Association recommends starting with a layer of high-performance sportswear to pull moisture from sweat and snow off your skin. Follow up with a fleece layer, and finish with a thin waterproof layer. And remember to stay hydrated.
Winter was made for food that warms you from the inside out. The NZ Nutrition Foundation recommends a hot bowl of soup or stew for a chilly day indoors. Try one of these Instant Pot soup recipes and load it up with lots of vegetables, beans and protein. Oily fish like salmon are a good source of vitamin D, which helps to boost the immune system when we can’t get our daily dose of sunlight.
Make sure to use garlic in your dishes as well. Garlic has been shown to fend off diseases, keeping you healthy and happy during cold and flu season. For the most benefits, chop garlic and let it stand 10-15 minutes before cooking.
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Start Something New
A new hobby is a sure-fire way to beat the winter blues. Get crafty and teach yourself to knit or crochet a warm scarf or hat, test out new recipes in the kitchen or spruce up your home with organizing and decorating projects. Get the whole family involved for some cold weather bonding. Snowman-building competition, anyone?
Sometimes the best thing you can do for yourself is nothing. Take time to sit by fire, brew up a cozy cup of tea and get lost in a good book. Mental reset: check!
Plan a Getaway
The perfect cure for cabin fever is thinking about your next vacation. AAA travel advisors are always at the ready to help plan your future dream trips.
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