It’s still winter here in New York City. Even though it’s been a mild one, I still find that I’m stir crazy and waiting for spring. Little purple crocuses were just starting to bloom in Central Park, and then we got hit with a ton of snow. So discouraging.
I’ve had to find ways to keep my mind happy while being alone in the big city. Normally when it’s nice outside, I can go for long walks or head over to Central Park and hang with a wonderful collection of human beings, but it’s cold outside! I need a change of plans!
Being self-employed and having my own hours to get stuff done leaves a lot of wiggle time to juggle things around. I’m happiest when I stay on top of things, and I’m disciplined with my time and tasks. I also have to watch what I eat while I’m cooped up during these winter months. It would be way too easy to sit back and hibernate while shoveling in more food than I need. Don’t you love that verb, “shoveling?”
I love going to my health club and have been spinning a lot. Not only does the fellowship of a class help me, but I love the competition and the knowledge I’m burning a ton of calories. Since I have to sign up a day early, I find that I look forward to working around my spin class and organize it around all my other activities.
I have a spa tip for you called hydrotherapy. After my work out, I hit the steam room, then head to the showers to get clean. I use that time to also stimulate my lymphatic system.
After the steam room I’m super hot, so I first turn on the cold water for 30 seconds. This helps me pump and circulate my lymph system, removes waste products and helps my immune system kick into action. Also I turn on the cold water three times, for 30 seconds each, in-between my shower, shampoo and conditioning. When I come out of the shower I feel vibrant!
Our lymphatic system plays a vital role in removing waste products we’re exposed to daily. Don’t get me started about all of the toxins around us! The hydrotherapy also helps me have healthier hair, glowing skin, less stress and improved energy levels. BONUS!
When it’s cold out, I love to have tea in the afternoon. I’ve found an interesting tea called Jiaogulan that claims to be the herb of immortality. I can’t make those claims—and wonder who can—but I do like the taste and how it makes me feel although it doesn’t have caffeine.
So, if you’re struggling with the winter blues, you might try stimulating yourself in one of the ways I’ve mentioned. Stay disciplined, and let me know how you do! You are not alone!