Hey guys! I’ve really missed the brain dump that typically makes up the Friday feels, so I’m excited to get back at it today. I mentioned in Wednesday’s post that January is always a hard month for me to get motivated, especially creatively, but just in general too. Michigan winter’s can be pretty brutal with all of the gray sky, snow and limited sunshine, so I thought I would share a few tips that help keep me going.
The 10 minute pick up. I’m the first to admit that clutter gives me anxiety and just adds “noise” to our already crazy house in the mornings. Making my bed first thing and just walking through the house for 10 minutes picking up water glasses, stray toys and paper sets the tone for a productive day for me.
Coffee and quiet time. We have to be out the door by 6:50 to make the bus stop, so my mornings are a little fast and furious trying to herd tired kids out the door. When I get back I take 15 minutes to sit on the couch, drink my coffee and have some quiet time. Our church emails out daily devotions that go along with the week’s sermon and I take that time to read that along with any book or bible study I’m doing (right now I’m reading Jen Hatmaker’s new book.) It is nice to reset my mind after the “where are my mittens/gyms shoes/lunch/*insert anything here that is not a permanent appendage*” shenanigans every morning.
Get outside. Even when the weather is freezing and miserable, I always feel better getting even 10 minutes of fresh air. Whether that’s bundling up and walking the dog, watching the kids sled or even just shoveling the sidewalk.
Take a break. Take time at the end of the day to stop and do something you enjoy. The Mr. and I try to turn off our computers and phones at a certain point every night and watch a funny show together or read a book. Just relax for a half hour at the end of the day. A glass of wine or cup of tea helps too ;) My favorite show that I just finished was The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel on Amazon. Someone please tell me you have watched it too?! I’m also reading the new Ken Follet book – Column of Fire.
Workout. This is the biggest key for me. I workout 5-6 days a week especially in the winter and it’s more for my mental health than my physical health. My favorite workout app that I use every day is Tone It Up. Our nearest gym is actually in a gas station (I don’t think anyone ever believes just how “in the middle of nowhere” we live until I explain that our gym is attached to the gas station… oh, and it used to be an archery range… yeah, a former archery range turned gym and attached to a gas station… can you say big city metropolis?). And it has no childcare, so working out at home works best for me.
I started using the Tone It Up app this year and love it! It’s way less expensive than a gym membership, and every day there is a new workout class to take, which you sign up for a specific time. That has been super helpful for me, because it sends little reminders like ” your class starts in 10 minutes.” Something about actually signing up for a time has kept me accountable. There are also daily toning moves each day to work through, and if you miss your class or sometimes it’s not a workout I love, (like yoga when I’m in the mood for cardio) they have On Demand classes. The classes are broken down by what body part you want to work (legs, abs, butt, etc. – you can see it the photo above) and then by time. So, if you have 10 minutes, 20 minutes or 45 minutes you can pick something that fits your schedule. Most classes you just need a set of weights and a mat.
The other perk of working out at home is my fancy trainer here doesn’t understand ab routine does not equal snuggle time…. :)
This is not sponsored, I just really enjoy their workouts and the ease of the app. I’ve been doing Tone It Up workouts for about 2 years. They have a nutrition program as well that I use a lot of recipes from and it really works for me. Here is a link to their site where you can try the app for free for a week! And this is their site if you want to check out more about the workouts and nutrition plan.
Any beat the winter blues tips you love? Share in the comments below!