1. Get Moving
Yes, this is probably the most difficult of the tips, but in my opinion the most effective. Getting our blood pumping and releasing endorphins will enlighten our mood. Not to mention, put us on track towards bathing suit season (extra bonus). Attempt a yoga class at the Funky Buddha Yoga Hothouse, search for at-home exercises on Pinterest, or try a local fitness consultant.
2. Treat Yourself
This does not need to be counterproductive to your new exercise routine. Treat yourself to something special, but not necessarily a box of donuts. Try getting a back massage, starting your day with a hot latte, or taking a bubble bath. Make it a priority to occasionally indulge yourself, and your icy mood will surely thaw.
One of the wonderful things about cold weather is the excuse to stay indoors and relax. This can be defined somewhat differently by everyone, so find what brings you peace of mind. Read a good book, watch an inspiring movie, or simply wrap yourself in a warm blanket. Considering the nightfall approaches ever-so-quickly, use it to your advantage and go to bed earlier for a lengthy night of sleep. Night owl? Try step number 4.
4. Get Social
Our extroverted friends itch to venture out, despite the howling winds and snowy terrain. Have a night out to celebrate that one day it will most definitely be warm again. Or declare the middle of the week an impromptu happy hour with coworkers. You can also attend one of the many monthly networking events held in Grand Rapids (check the GRAPE Events Page for details). Even small-talk with acquaintances regarding the weather will help to realize, we are not in this alone.
5. Embrace It
When all else fails, surrender to the winter weather and attempt to see its beauty. Be at ease knowing that Spring must naturally occur at some point in the near future. Attitude is everything, and if ours is mimicking the glacier temperatures, we may be in trouble. Be present in every moment and appreciate life for what it is, albeit freezing.