Beating the winter blues

THE clocks have just gone back, the thermometer reading is dropping by the day and all you want to do is hole up inside and console yourself with your favourite foods.

THE clocks have just gone back, the thermometer reading is dropping by the day and all you want to do is hole up inside and console yourself with your favourite foods.

There is no doubt that winter time can make it very difficult to stick to your normal activity levels.

However, it does not have to be this way, all you need to do is shift your mindset and get out there and tackle winter head on!

It's not nice having to get up and travel to work in the dark, work all day whilst it is light and then travel home again in the dark.

But, that doesn’t mean that you have to abandon your normal activity or exercise sessions.

Try and get up early enough to get out for a short walk or run, the weather might be horrible and it's dark but who cares!

Get your coat, hat and gloves ready and by the door the night before and just get out there when you wake up - you'll find it invigorating and it will really give your day a kick start.

Take advantage of your lunch break at work, it's something we're all entitled to but how many of us waste this time by scoffing food on the go at our desks?

Your lunch break is probably the only opportunity you will have to experience some daylight during the working week so make the most of it.

Take some spare shoes and a coat into work and leave them under your desk.

When it's time for lunch you're all ready to go, change your shoes, put your coat on and get out in the fresh air for half an hour or so.

When you get home in the evening, don't just go straight in and sit on the couch and put the TV on. Try and encourage your spouse /partner/ family to be ready to go out for a walk when you return from work.

Getting straight out for a walk as soon as you get in can be an excellent opportunity to reduce the stresses of the day and spend some quality time together.

The weekend days are now reduced to around eight hours of daylight; this can be viewed as depressing or it can be viewed as an opportunity to be seized.

If there are only eight hours, make the most of them – try and get out of bed as early as possible and get out there.

Living in the North East we are blessed with some of the most fantastic outdoor areas in the whole country.

Make a plan each week to use the weekend to get out and explore some of the fantastic coastal or woodland areas that we have on our doorstep.

You'll feel so much better for doing it and it will give you something to look forward to each weekend.

:: Neale Coleman is centre manager and head lecturer for Premier Training International, www.premierglobal.co.uk

 
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