How To Combat The November Blues
Next to February and tax season (yuck), November can be one of the most depressing months of the year. Don’t get us wrong, we love that the weather has cooled down enough for us to break out our fall wardrobe, but we bet you can agree that the fewer daytime hours have made all of us slow down a little more and left us wanting to stay in bed all day instead of being excited for the day ahead and sticking with our usual productive routine. So although it’s tempting to stay inside when the weather is cold and grey and indulge in comfort food and the latest Netflix series, it’s more important than ever to get out and moving to avoid these dreaded November blues. Here are five of our tips for feeling great and productive this upcoming month!
1/ Get outside
Unfortunately, there’s not much we can do about the changing fall weather, so we say it’s time to embrace it! Bundle up and go for that afternoon walk or hike a trail. There’s nothing prettier than the changing colour of the leaves combined with fresh air to get out of your funk! Plus, we’re hearing now, more than ever, the importance of the outdoors on our overall sense of happiness and well being! So why not make the most of your weekends or lunch break and go for a walk, get some vitamin D, and feel happier as a result!
For ideas on things to do that will get you outside, check out this post!
2/ Start or keep exercising
We can't stress enough the importance of exercising for our mental health. This time of year is already hard enough with all of the comfort food we are tempted to eat at various holiday parties, combined with the dark and cold days that could have us sleeping all day and night. So even though it gets harder and harder as the days go on to force ourselves to the gym, you will feel SO much better if you start a new exercise routine, or stay on the right track with your current regimen. Why not try a new workout, or sign up in advance to keep you accountable...because let's face it, we'll need all the help we can get but it will be SO worth it in the end.
For more inspiration, check out our "Fitness Tips For The Holidays" post.
For ideas on new exercise classes to try, click here for "Emily's Class Pass Adventures"
3/ Plan a trip
Whether you plan a staycation or a week long getaway, we can't think of a better time to plan our next set of adventures than while we're stuck inside hiding from the cold. From a ski trip to Aspen or Whistler, to a weekend getaway in Niagara On The Lake, to a sunny vacation in the Caribbean, there are so many options and places to explore. Also, if you're feeling spontaneous, what better time to go than now?
4/ Invest in a wake up light
Ok, these are life changing. If you're like many of us, and have a much harder time waking up until it's light outside, a wake up light is a must-have. They work by gradually increasing the amount of light over the course of a few hours, mimicking the natural sunrise. Sounds like something we all need! We love this Philips Wake Up Light!
5/ Plan for the upcoming holidays
Despite our slow and sad departure from summer, there really is so much to look forward to this time of year. The holidays are just around the corner - less than 8 weeks away to be exact - which means in just a few weeks, we'll be getting holiday party invites and our weekend and evening schedules will be full! Before the invites start rolling in, now is the time to get your schedule organized, your invitations sent out, menu planned, etc. Whether you're planning your own party, or helping friends and/or family prep for theirs - there's lots to do! On top of that, there's nothing more fun than holiday shopping for friends, or yourself! Hah! Don't leave it too late, and start now!