Don't Let Mother Nature's Forces Bring You Down
By Stephen R. Farris
Winter snow storms seem to be popping up frequently this time of year. It's to be expected in most parts of the country, but they seem to be hitting areas that rarely see much more than a sprinkling of rain or sleet.
When winter weather hits, it usually means schools may get shut down or workplaces and stores may close because it's not safe for travel, plus the expense of trying to heat a large facility when the temperature drops below freezing.
If this becomes the case for you, it means you're stuck at home indoors. It may be fine for a short time, but when it becomes longer, it can eventually cause a case of cabin fever.
However -- if your situation is the latter -- there are a few solutions in fingers reach that can help you maintain sanity and prevent you from becoming depressed while confined to quarters, so to speak.
Clean Out Those Cabinets
A good time to clean out those cabinets is when you are literally stuck at home. This is a great idea, because you can go through them and check food items for expiration dates. The same goes for your medicine cabinet, because over-the-counter products don't last forever. That includes most mouthwash rinses, cough medicines, and pain relief medication.
Just because you're stuck at home doesn't mean you need to become more of a "Zen" couch potato. Now would be the opportune time to workout. There are many exercises you can do in the comfort of your living room or bedroom, all while enjoying your favorite TV show or listening to music. If you have a treadmill or stationary bicycle, what could be greater than watching The Price is Right while burning a few calories.
Start An Eat Smarter Diet
Being stuck at home opens the opportunity to snack on things that aren't necessarily good for us. Now would be a perfect time to do some research, hit the kitchen and test out a few healthy recipes for you and your family to enjoy.
Meditation Is Good for the Soul
Winter weather can also bring on stress and depression. Since you're in for the time being, you might consider some form of meditating to help prevent or lessen stress and depression. You might try shutting off your electronic devices and pick up a favorite book to read, or practice yoga or tai chi. You can even practice deep breathing exercises to help keep you calmer.
You see, there are lots of ways to keep happy and positive even when Mother Nature tries her best to make life difficult.
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