The winter months havent been kind to us.They haven’t helped our skin, our healthmotivation or our wallets.
With the months of our hibernation drawing to a close, here aresixwinter habits to kick the curb for good (or until next December):
1. The Sweatshirt Slump
Its all fun and games when fall fashion rolls around.Everything is suddenly trendier in earthy tones and layers. Jeans are crisp, and scarves are bundled.
Then, winter creeps up on us, and suddenly, those suede heeled boots arent so practical anymore, and the idea of putting together another jeans and sweater ensemble is almost unbearable.On a dreary January morning, were lucky to drag ourselves out of bed, let alone find something to wear other than leggings and an oversized gray sweatshirt.
But with spring just around the corner, its time to renew our sense of style and regain our fashion inspiration.No more groutfits for us!
2. Spending Your Day In The Netflix Dungeon
Its February, and youve burned through all 10 seasons of “Friends.”Now, spring is calling for you to spend time with real, human friends.
While the Netflix and chill fad might not die anytime soon, the habit of solo binge-watching most definitely should come springtime.The warmer weather will unlock a myriad of activities previously forbidden by the tundra that was the outdoors.
Movies all day wont cut it anymore when there are parks, beaches and cities to explore.
3. Ordering In
In the laziness of our hibernation, weve prioritized comfort and warmth over our health.If you havent noticed, its notably much easier to order in pizza and Chinese food over trekking to get salads and smoothies.
Its time to quit cold turkeyfor the sake of our health and wallets.Byordering in less, what we lose in winter weight, we will gain in our bank accounts.
Remember that all of those delivery charges and tips add up.
4. Drinking Hot Drinks In Excess
When were red-nosed and numb-fingered, gingerbreadlattes and mochas area must.Its no wonder that Starbucks saw their first-quarter rise by10 percent this yearwith the influx of specialty drinks purchased aroundthe winter holidays.
But despite the irresistibility of steamydrinks in the face of thefrost, these holiday specialitiesspike our sugar and caloric intake twofold.And at upwards of $4 for a grande Starbucks chai latte, theyre not too forgivingon our wallets either.
5. Ubering Everywhere
Whether youre in college and taking Ubers from frat to frat on the weekends, or you’re a regularcity-walker who cant find her motivation this time of year, Ubers add up big time, and our winterbudgets are burstingin response.Lets ditch the unkind fair surges and cancellation fees come spring.
Walking more regularly will allowus to not only save money better spent elsewhere, but it will also encourage us to live more active lifestyles.
6.Refusing To Start Moving
Weve all been there.Its 9 am, and werewrapped up in a cocoonof comforters, swaddled in sweaters.
Outside our window, the world is a dark, cold and unforgiving place. The thought of putting on Lycra or Spandex anything is enough to induce a shudder.
New Year’s resolutions start tomorrow, wetell ourselvesfor the 15thconsecutive day we’vespent avoiding the gym.We can only hope thewarm weather brings about the fitness motivation weve been lacking.
Maybe the sunlight pouring in through our windows will give us the boost we need to seize the day and get moving.So, lets a do a little mental spring cleaning and ditch these sixwinter habits.
You and I will better off without them.