How to Beat
the November Blues
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How to Beat the November Blues

We're now half way through November and to be honest I am not sure how I made it this far without renting a cheap car and heading south.  Oh right.. I haven't gone because I have that thing called a job and have to send my kids to school... I knew there were reasons for not high tailing it!  November is a hard month especially for those of us living on the gray west coast.  Rain, clouds and fog are a constant and the sun's glorious rays have become a distant memory.  Since moving to the tropics does not seem all that feasible or realistic there are some tips to follow to help alleviate the November Blues.

The National Post has posted a great article, "17  Ways to Beat the November Blues".  I won't outline all 17 however I would like to share some of the highlights that I really think will help make a difference.  Hey, it's worth a shot, right? 

  • Have a drink - yes, an alcoholic one.  There's nothing wrong with having one or two drinks at the end of the day in order to 'take a load off'.  Sit back, relax and sip on something to warm up your blood.
  • Stop smoking!  You will feel so much better about yourself, not to mention will be doing your body a huge favor.
  • Stay active - avoid the escalator and elevator. Take the stairs, walk to work, that sort of thing.  You'll be doing your body and soul a lot of good.
  • Workout!  At least a couple of times a week, be sure to get your heart going and to work up a sweat.  This will make you feel so much better about yourself, not to mention you'll be giving your body what it needs.
  • Eat well - you know what I mean - eat lots of fruits, veggies, fiber, that sort of thing.  And sure, you can have junk food every so often, but try to reduce it as much as possible.
  • Don't sit for hours on end at your desk.  Get up, circle the office, get water, do a jumping jack or two.  The main point is to move around a bit and break up your day.
  • LAUGH!  I love this one - make sure to laugh a lot.  It relieves stress and wil do the same thing for the people around you.  You'll be helping yourself as well as all your workmates, buddies, and loved ones.
  • Have more sex - yes, you read right.  I am quoting the National Post here (forgive me for adding this 'risque' topic) but if they can state this then so can I.  According to the Post, "Maybe this should be No. 1".