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5 Ways to Beat the November Blues

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November—that awkward shoulder month. Fall is ending, but it’s not yet Christmas. The crisp novelty of #sweaterweather is starting to wear off and the cold reality of winter weather is starting to settle in. And if you’re anything like Ilana from Broad City, then November is a breeding ground for S.A.D. So, before we start playing the violin and wearing all black, here are a few ways to make the most of this month and feel your best.

  1. Take a vacation to your local infrared sauna. It’s a warm and toasty way to detox and experience that heat your missing. Consider booking an appointment after a stressful day at work or on your weekend. Infrared saunas heat your body from the inside out and have several health benefits, including relaxation, improved circulation, pain relief, skin purification. You can read more about why it’s good for you and what makes it different from a regular sauna here.
  2. Eat what’s in season. An easy way to do this is to sign up for your local organic food delivery. It’s not only convenient, but it’s fun to try cooking meals you wouldn’t normally come up with, and research shows that there are actual health benefits to eating what’s in season. Seasonal produce has more nutrients because they get their nourishment from exposure to the sun and soil. When the produce has more sun exposure, it has higher levels of antioxidants. Another benefit of eating seasonally is that you’re supporting local farmers who farm sustainably, which has a positive impact on the environment.
  3. Adjust your supplements. With the lack of sunshine you may want to talk to your doctor about adjusting your supplements to make sure you are getting enough Vitamin D3. Listen to your body—if you find you are feeling more tired during this time of year, take a look at your lifestyle routine. Is there anything you could change to create more balance? More sleep? Eating foods that give you more energy? Increasing exercise to get your endorphins flowing?
  4. Switch up your workout regime. Now that the weather is colder if you know you’re not going to brace the elements outside, take this time as an opportunity to explore different indoor classes. Hot yoga, Yoga, Spin, Barre, Pilates, CrossFit, the list goes on. Stick to the one that you enjoy doing most, as your workout should be a stress relieving – mood enhancing activity, not a chore. If you actually like doing it, you are more likely to develop a consistent workout routine. If you are goal oriented, signing up for a marathon or race can be a great way to hold yourself accountable and push yourself. If you are a team player, sign up for a local indoor rec team.
  5. Get creative with your social life. Grabbing drinks with friends is a go-to when outdoor activities like hiking or biking might not be as inviting in the rain or snow. But it can be fun to organize social engagements that also flow with your healthy lifestyle or inspire you, and allow for deeper connections to be made in your friendships. Check out a show at an art gallery, host a painting/art night, get dressed for the elements and make a walk in the cold an adventure.

Remember that although we adapt quickly as humans, we can also be very sensitive to change. This includes our emotional response to the change in seasons and weather. So if your natural response to “WINTER IS COMING” is to straight up hibernate and Netflix & Chill, that’s ok. Be gentle with yourself and make the extra effort to practice rituals of self care.

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