It seems that no matter how well I plan to take it easy during the holidays, I still end up feeling exhausted when they’re over. Even though I managed to avoid the malls and holiday traffic all together, it seems that even the cooking and laughing and staying up late are enough to leave me feeling drained.
Even though the holidays will officially be over after we ring in the New Year, winter has only just begun. The cold temperatures and lack of sunshine that occur during the winter have a considerable impact on our well-being, particularly since Jack Frost brings unwanted presents with him: the flu and dampened moods.
But winter doesnt have to zap your energy or pit you against this seasons new hard-to-beat bug. Stay well all winter long by following the action points below, suggested by health and well-being blogger, Alicia Benjamin.
Thankfully, for those of us who feel like we’ll never have the motivation to get back to our normal routine, these small actions only take a few minutes, or seconds, to do.
1. Eat one dark green vegetable every day. Dark green veggies contain minerals like iron and vitamins like A, C, K, and folate that your body needs to stay healthy. Instead of sticking with spinach, try something different like sauteed dandelion greens added to a stir-fry, or kale or Swiss chard added to a favorite stew or soup recipe.
2. Call a friend. Instead of hunkering down with Love Actually again during a snowstorm, give someone you havent seen in a while a call. Hearing a friends voice can boost your mood and socializing helps you feel connected to the people who matter most to you.
3. Take five. To combat feeling overwhelmed and rundown during the busy holiday season, take five minutes to close your eyes. Clear your mind of your to-do list (it can wait) and, instead, focus solely on your breathing. Rest your hands over your heart. Repeat in your mind or aloud a calming word, like blue or ocean, to help ease tension throughout your body. Try picturing yourself on a sunny beach; listen to the waves crash upon shore. Even though its not an actual vacation or a real respite from the freezing temps, visualization exercises can be very effective in promoting relaxation and boosting your mood.
4. Hide the remote. When the cold weather sets in, you may be tempted to curl up with a blanket and watch television. Instead, hide the remote so youre forced to get up to change channels or adjust the volume. You can also challenge yourself by doing jumping jacks during commercial breaks. Little bursts of movement during your down time will ensure youre getting much-needed activity during the hibernation months.
Severe thunderstorms spawned damaging tornadoes in parts of the Southeast on Monday night in one of the biggest severe weather outbreaks of the early season.
Tropical Cyclone Eliakim has claimed the lives of at least 17 people in Madagascar as the storm produced flooding and mudslides.
A second round of cold air from the “Beast from the East” sent temperatures tumbling below freezing across much of Germany over the weekend and little relief is expected through midweek.
Residents from Florida to coastal areas of Georgia and South Carolina should be on alert for severe weather on Tuesday.
Severe thunderstorms will threaten lives and property in portions of the southeastern United States into Tuesday in one of the first severe weather outbreaks of the year.
Over the first half of March, three separate and powerful nor’easters rattled the mid-Atlantic and Northeast and that number could increase to four later this week.
Another major storm will spread wet snow and travel disruptions from parts of Kentucky and Ohio to coastal New Hampshire and Maine as spring begins.