Does the cold make you scrunch yourself up?

The end of winter is in sight, but this is often the toughest bit to get through.
We can’t change the fact that it’s going to be cold and grey, but we can influence how we respond to it, so that we get through to Spring with ease.

Make sure we spend time outside anyway

There is so much more light outside on even the greyest day compared to indoors. We need light to set our circadian rhythm, so getting outside for a few minutes a day at least can help wake you in the day and sleep at night.
As the scandis say: There is no such thing as bad weather, just bad clothing, so wrap up, waterproof up and get outside, even just for a little bit.

Wear gloves

If you shove your hands in your pockets to keep them warm you will be losing your arm swing. That swing is part of a gentle rotation in the torso as you walk which can help loosen and ease your back.

Notice your response to the cold

Do you scrunch up, draw your head into your body and tense against the cold?
This is an instinctual response, but not one that actually helps you to keep warm. It just makes you stiff and uncomfortable.
Next time you go out in the cold , look up and out. Walk tall.  Unscrunch your neck. Let your arms swing lightly. And look out for the snowdrops!

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