It’s that time of year again when the sun sets earlier and we feel ready to hibernate for the winter. Now that you’ve had some time to settle into daylight saving, we want to make sure that you’re not ‘sleeping’ on making the most out of you and your family’s days. Here's how to stay energized all winter long.
The colder mornings make it harder for us and the kids to leave their warm beds. The sun goes down before dinnertime and tricks our brains into thinking that it’s time to go to sleep. Instead of giving in to this normally sluggish-feeling time of year, we want you and your family to stay energized and motivated for work and school.
1. Plan Ahead
Do you have a list of household chores/tasks from the summer months that went unfinished because you were too busy enjoying the weather and spending time with your family? Same!
Thankfully, you still have time to finish those tasks before the year is over. Take any remaining items from your summer task list, add some more, and plan out days on the calendar when they can be accomplished. Include the kids, and reward them (and yourself) when a task is complete. It will help you stay motivated to take care of your home.
2. Get More Sleep
Even though it feels impossible to leave your cozy bed on crisp, cool mornings, getting to bed earlier the night before will make you feel more ready to get out of bed. Getting more sleep will allow your body more time to rest too, which is very important during peak cold and flu season. Having trouble getting to bed earlier? Set a reminder on your phone that it’s time to start winding down.
3. Stay Hydrated
The simplest way to keep you and your kids’ energy up is to drink more water throughout the day. Pack an extra water bottle for your workday and their school day and the rest will follow. Read six reasons why you should drink more water.
4. Avoid Heavy Meals
Comfort food is the essence of winter. Warm, filling meals just make us happier when we’re staring at the snow falling outside our windows. It may feel great to indulge, but try to avoid overeating. Your body has to work harder to help you digest heavier food, which will just make you feel tired.
Definitely avoid eating a heavy lunch at work and packing the kids too much food, or else you’ll both be unproductive for the rest of the day.
5. Get Moving
After a long day at work and school, everyone will feel like laying down for the rest of the day. Instead, make it a point to go for a family walk outside when everyone gets home or play an active (but safe) game inside. And instead of TV time, create a winter music playlist that everyone in the family contributes to. Singing and dancing along will make everyone happier and your energy will spike immediately.
Here are some easy, heart-healthy exercises to get you off the couch.
6. Meet Up With Someone Who Can Relate
Do you have a friend or family member that can relate to the unmotivated feelings you experience in the winter? We believe that talking to this person and even making it a point to meet up with them for a walk, a meal, etc., will help both of you feel better. The kids will appreciate being away from home experiencing a different environment with other kids.
No matter what activity you choose, we guarantee you and the kids will feel better about how you’re spending your time.
Feeling more energized and motivated starts with getting more sleep. Stay on top of your health with our checklist.