So the Holidays are over, the excitement of a New Year and all the potential it may bring has come and gone. Resolutions for some are long gone and for others are still being conquered. But reality has set in, and it is STILL winter. The hours of sunlight are limited due to shortened days and a looooong streak of overcast weather. We all are feeling the pain of winter; literally. We ache more, we don’t sleep as well so we hurt more, we don’t have as much giddy-up in our step and we tend to curl up on the couch and stay in, rather than going out and being social. We are all guilty of it, even me and I’m a “health nut,” as my family lovingly calls me.
But I am of the belief that if you are going to complain about something; you better be willing to do something about it. So go ahead and complain, but then figure out what you can do to fix it and start taking those steps.
For me, that means keeping up with my daily devotions and exercise routine; being more active throughout the day, taking short walk breaks when I can; getting outside, even if it is for a short time; and spending time talking with people who make me smile. I have learned that if I continue to let myself think about how much I hate winter and how much I can’t wait for spring that I inevitably waste time that God has gifted me with. Instead, I have to make a concerted effort to do the things I know keep my body thriving amidst the dulls of winter.
So I encourage you to start fighting the winter blues. Figure out what makes you feel better even on the coldest, darkest days, and start doing them. Fight the urge to be a slug and feel sorry for yourself. Start being grateful for every minute, hour and day you are given and make the most of them! I promise, before you know it, you will begin to enjoy these winter days as much as you do the fresh smells of a dewy spring morning.
Angie McCormick is a Physical Therapist and Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist for Balanced Fitness and Health in Hiawatha, Iowa. Her professional expertise and personal experience with Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) enrich her work helping clients with the exercise, nutrition and life skills required to conquer pain.