We’ve finally hit the first day of spring, but Chicago’s wacky weather this winter has us all a bit confused. Chicago experienced an extremely mild winter this year. We’ve even reached record breaking warm temperatures in February! As amazing as this spurt of warm weather was, cold temperatures and rainy, gloomy days hit us for a few more weeks to create the dreaded in between time that’s not quite winter and not quite spring. Let’s not even get started on Winter Storm Stella that visited us recently (winter is that you?). It’s around this time of year when motivation is severely lacking and we all get stuck in hibernation mode. Staying healthy and active is an important part to breaking out of the post-winter/pre-spring doldrums, so we’ve put together a list of fairly simple healthy lifestyle tips to get you out of hibernation mode.
It’s easy to fall into the routine of going to work, coming home, resting and repeat. And while the winter blues have a way of making us a bit anti-social, spending time with friends in a fun and interactive setting is the perfect way to get up and get moving.
Going out to the same bars and restaurants can get old after a while, so why not spice things up! Take a class or a tour that you’ve always wanted to check out. We suggest something interactive like a cooking class, food tour or room escape. Here are our picks for great group outings for our Chicago area folks:
It’s healthy to spend some time with others and doing these interactive activities is a great way to break up your everyday routine.
When temperatures are relatively mild, it’s a perfect time to head outdoors for some light physical activity. Going for a walk or a hike is a great way to get in some exercise and enjoy nature. If you already take occasional walks around your neighborhood or local park, switch up the routine and head out to a nature preserve. The change in scenery will surely make the experience that much better. Here are a few parks and nature preserves you can visit that make the perfect day trip:
Most forest preserves and parks are open all season long. Check with rangers and local officials for park information before making the trek!
It doesn’t hurt to start spring cleaning early this year. Start with freshening your indoor air: it will make a world of difference and Venta has your covered with that. Our filterless dual function unit will perfectly humidify your indoor air while simultaneously cleaning your air of airborne pollutants.
Poor indoor air quality has numerous negative effects on your health. Think about the sleep you’re getting: are you having a hard time sleeping due to dry air causing irritated sinuses, headaches, nose bleeds, etc? Dust and pet dander can also make your home a miserable place if you’re particularly sensitive to these allergens. Running your Airwasher now will help you get ahead of spring allergy season as well.
Venta also has specially formulated 100% all-natural essential oil aromatherapy that you can add to your Airwasher. Clean air with a fresh fragrance is the perfect way to get out of a seasonal funk.
You don’t need to totally revamp your work space, but if you work from home or notice your spring to-do list is stacking up (we’re looking at you, taxes), a change of scenery might be do the trick. Get out of the house and head to a cafe or co-working space. Outlets, caffeine and human interaction awaits you!
While we all tell ourselves we’re going to exercise and eat healthy at the start of the new year, how much of that do we actually follow through with? It’s the middle of March and those sugary, comfort foods are sounding more appealing than ever. To give yourself an extra mood boost, change up your eating routine to a vitamin-rich diet. It will do wonders for your body, mood and skin.
We get that working out isn’t for everybody. It’s tough to be motivated or even find the time in your busy day to get a solid work out in. While getting exercise is essential to a healthy lifestyle, stretching is a simple activity you can even do during the workday which will be beneficial to you. Stretching can improve your outlook and energy level, decreases risk of injury, and even promotes blood circulation. Set some time aside in your day and try one of these desk stretches.
It can be easy to get stuck in a motivational rut when you’ve been stuck inside all winter and the weather is constantly gloomy. Taking time to stop and relax and practice mindfulness helps to reset your thinking and outlook. Create an indoor oasis environment that is relaxing so you can focus better and think clearer. Just a few minutes of meditation has incredible benefits for rejuvenating your mood and lessening stress.
It’s essential to make sure your mediation space is free of any stressors, and Venta knows that air quality can really kill the mood! Add a few drops of soothing eucalyptus aromatherapy to your Airwasher and you’ll be on your way to practicing mindfulness in a allergen and airborne pollutant-free space.
Are you ready to get back to a healthy lifestyle and conquer spring? We hope these 7 ideas get you motivated to be productive and active this spring! How do you get yourself out of a winter rut and beat hibernation mode? Share your ideas with us!