Are you feeling the winter blues?  Lack energy or motivation? Relax because you’re not alone. Winter is a tough time for many. The days are darker. The weather bitter cold and the extra stress and demands of dealing with snow and ice can put the grouch into anybody. But there are some things we can do to make the best of a rough season.

1. Make time to nurture yourself and turn inward. Winter is a great time for reflection. Slow down enough to think about what you want to change this year, rethink your diet, and get the rest the body needs during harsh winters.

2. Declutter and organize your home. There is something about getting rid of junk and seeing a clean place that lifts one’s spirit and helps us focus on what we really want in our homes and in our lives.

3. Organize your finances. Tax season is upon us and it is a perfect time to rethink how we spend our time and our money. Get a good filing system set up. Track your expenses.

4. Don’t use the weather as an excuse to not exercise. Exercise is a must. It keeps the heart pumping, the muscles strong, and the body flexible. Winter is a great time to take a yoga or pilates class. If the weather is bad, pop in an exercise video and get moving.

5.  Try out a new or favorite hobby. A friend of mine recently took up archery and he is so excited about it. Personally, I like to try new recipes and I can’t wait to use my new Panini grill pan.

How we see winter and rough seasons of life, has a lot to do with our physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being during tough times. Like I say in my book, “The Power of Faith”, there will always be positives and negatives in life. It is up to us which we will choose to focus on.

I hope these tips and suggestions will help you see the bright side of a dark winter. What will you do this winter to make it more enjoyable? Love to hear from you. In  the meantime, stay warm and keep looking up!

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