When the excitement of the holidays dies down and the cold weather tightens its icy grip, how can you avoid falling into a winter rut?
Here are some ideas to help keep you from getting into a rut.
Do a good deed. It will help put things in perspective and give you an emotional buzz. Reach out a helping hand, whether that means committing a random act of kindness (like paying a stranger's toll on the freeway), volunteering at a local soup kitchen or rescuing a homeless animal. You can find volunteer opportunities at: http://www.idealist.org or http://www.volunteermatch.org.
Go ice skating or skiing. Take a post-lunch walk around your office building to burn calories.
Try something new. Take a kickboxing class instead of hopping on the treadmill.
Try Medibar Diet's Creamy Chicken Pasta, Fettucini Alfredo or Vegetarian Sloppy Joe.
Listen to jazz instead of the Top 40.
Read the latest bestseller instead of watching TV after dinner.
Think summer. Why wait for summer when you can bring summer to you? Fill a vase with fresh flowers for your office desk. Go swimming in a heated, indoor pool. Install a tropical screensaver on your computer.
Stir up a glass of Medibar Diet's Strawberry Kiwi or Mixed Berry fruit drink in crushed ice.
Buy soothing "nature sounds" tapes so you can listen to ocean waves as you relax after work.
Learn how to meditate and how to breathe deeply. Visualize being on a beautiful, sunny beach.
Winter is a wonderful time of the year. Enjoy yourself!