Does winter mornings make you feel like pulling the covers over your head? You can turn the last months of the year into a productive time of year. Leave hibernating to the bears while you spend the winter making positive changes in your life.
The possibilities are endless. Start with this list of ideas for your personal & spiritual makeover, and add some projects of your own.
Changes to Make in Your Personal and Spiritual Life:
- Meditate daily. Mindfulness helps you to feel peaceful and accomplish more. Set aside time each day for quiet contemplation. Even a few minutes a day makes a big difference in your life. I like to use this time to use as a spiritual awareness. Taking time to devote to reading my bible. It truly helps me connect & rejuvenate my spirit.
- Eat more vegetables. Consuming more vegetables and fruits is one of the simplest and most effective changes you can make in your diet. Try adding one additional serving a day for a week and see how you feel. You may enjoy the feeling. I know eating those tired green veggies your mom made you eat as a kid may repulse you. But, trust me, our taste buds change as we get older.
- Limit processed foods. Replace processed foods with whole foods. You’ll avoid excess sugar and salt and unhealthy fats which are all together bad for our health when consumed in large amounts.
- Exercise regularly. Find a variety of activities that you enjoy. Buy a gym membership or go running in the park. Lift weights or play volleyball. The possibilities are endless.
- Sleep well. Give your body good quality rest and sleep. Go to bed and get up at the same time each day, even on weekends. Darken your bedroom, and block out distracting noises.
- Manage stress. Stress can lead to chronic inflammation, among other things. Experiment with relaxation practices like yoga, massage, or listening to instrumental music to assist when stressful times arise.
- Enjoy family dinners. It can be difficult to carve out family time in a busy schedule as us mothers know all to well. Try to designate at least one night a week when you can sit down together and talk over a nutritious meal and increase to include more days as your schedule sees fit.
- Make new friends. Maybe you moved to a new city, or you find that you now have less in common with your old college buddies. Expand your circle by meeting others who share your current interests. Start a book club or join a neighborhood association. You’ll be amazed at how you will feel by expanding your circle with people who share the same interest as you.
When you spend the winter taking steps to make your life more healthy, joyful, and meaningful it will carry through into the spring.