for those of you in colder climates I wanted to wish you all a warm and cozy day with lots of sunshine. Personally I cannot stand winter. It is too cold, too long, too dark and too cold. Did I mention it is also too cold.
I know many of us in colder climates really do suffer more with our symptoms in the winter and getting out and about is really hard so we become less mobile which makes our symptoms even worse which makes us want to stay inside more and so on and so on and so on. So, to all of you suffering through the winter blahs--COURAGE.
If you have any tips to add for beating the winter blahs and to help us all escape from our mountain of blankets, heating pads and thermal long johns, I'd love to hear them. We need to keep active so that we can enjoy the spring and summer when they (eventually) come. I'm longing for that the time of year when I don't need to wear socks!
I try to wrap up warm and shuffle outside--even if for just five minutes. I get my heart rate up inside if I can't muster the courage to go outside (I'm listening to winds gusting 30mph and I know the windchill outside is close to 0F today so most of my activity today will be indoors). On the advice of my physical therapist, I go up and down the stairs three more times than I need to during the day, paying attention to my form, engaging my core and glutes. I vacuum if I can--dust or do laundry if I don't have the strength to vacuum (remember I am domestically disabled--it is NOT my thing). What do you recommend?
Wishing you all less of this: