Although winter is the fun and festive period of Christmas (EEK), yummy food, cosy nights and delicious hot chocolates, winter can make us all a bit down and miss those wild summer adventures! So, we have some handy tips to keep you (and us!) as chirpy and cheerful as possible!
Although it’s super tempting to snuggle up and indulge in those tasty treats, getting out and about, and running around (walking works too!) has proven to raise spirits and keep us happy, happy, happy! Not only does staying active reduce stress, anxiety and depression, it also helps us with weight loss too- woo!
Here are a few fun ideas to get you moving:
- Get walking and enjoy the crisp winter season
- Convince your friends to get involved and do some fitness classes together- get competitive
- Jump into the swing of Christmas and take to the skating rink- Ice Ice Baby
- Remember that everything counts- run up those stairs, walk to the shops, have dance and a jiggle while the kettle is boiling
- Get your family involved and go on a mini adventure- Castles, beaches, National Parks
Make sure you spend time your friends and family
The winter is typically a time that you spend with your nearest and dearest, they know how to make you smile and will brighten your day! Socialising has a super positive effect on mental health, so get chatting over a good ole cuppa!
Take up a new hobby
Taking up a new hobby can be a great way to keep you busy! If you choose something creative you could even busy yourself with making your friends and family Christmas goodies- cards, decorations, cookies, wreaths, there’s so much to make!
If you aren’t the creative type perhaps look to get involved with a sport. Team sports are great and there lots of sports that aren’t only for the summer periods!
Eat Happy Foods
Before the times of flicking a switch to heat up our homes and the wonderful technology we have today, keeping warm was far more difficult. As we have evolved and can keep cosy all through the chilly season, we must not forget that it is super important to maintain a healthy balanced diet. Along with our wonderful Christmas treats, we also need our good old greens! A healthy diet will help prevent that winter gloominess taking over!
Here are some foods that aren’t just healthy but have also been proven to make us happier (YES PLEASE):
- Dark Chocolate- (HOORAY)
- Green tea
Checkout our blog post from September for a super healthy banana oat pancake recipe, to inspire your healthy (but still yummy) lifestyle!
Let’s not let the grizzly winter get the best of us this year and make the most of what those cold and winter days do bring! Happy winter from us all at Portlebay Popcorn!