Lifehacks to Improve Body & Mind

I understand how the winter can get you down with all the snowfall, dark mornings, early evenings, and cold winds, but there are ways to combat sickness and mood. It is really easy to fall into same routine day in and day out, but some small variations could make the biggest difference. Over the years I have found a few ways to keep me alert, healthy, and in good spirits overall, even in the midst of a blizzard. Below you will find my top lifehacks to improve body and mind through the ongoing winter lull.

gregory-gopman-lemon-water1. Warm Water With Lemon

Drinking warm water with  slice of lemon is shown to calm the nerves and soothe the soul. Its inexpensive and easy to put together, so theres no problem on that front. All you need is warm water, a mug, and as many washed slices of lemon as you desire. This quick remedy is sure to keep you warm on the coldest days.

gregory-gopman-stretch2. Take a Break

Taking a break from work is proven to increase focus and efficiency over the long run of any given task. Without a break the mind reaches a pinnacle for its ability to work and after the pinnacle is reached, inefficiency is achieved. This is the last thing you want. Spoil yourself with a 15 minute walk around the office, a healthy session of stretching, or grabbing a nutritional snack from the cafeteria. Take a break, but skip the KITKAT.

3. Eat Fruits & Veggiesgregory-gopman-fruits-veggies

Winter is not the season to skimp on eating fruits and vegetables. In fact it may be the most important month to do so. Fruits and vegetables as everyone knows are loaded in vitamins, minerals, and body fortifying nutrients. Its easy to reach for a slice of pizza but a leafy green salad is jam packed with everything you need to lower cholesterol, boost your immunity, prevent cancers, and promote overall health and well-being. If you do choose the healthy option of a salad, make sure you don’t douse it with dressing. Unfortunately dressing and sauces aren’t exactly healthy and can be a detriment to your new found health kick.

I know the winter is a tough season, but believe it or not you’re tougher. Use these small lifehacks to better yourself and you’re sure to be happier and ready to tackle any day in front of you. Feel free to submit your own lifehacks using the contact for on the Contact page of this website.

How to Hack Winter

Stay Activegregory-gopman-snow-running

Even though its cold remaining active is crucial. Whether you are just walking around your home or going out for a run in the snow, keeping you heart rate up and your body moving will help you get through the long days. I know it might be easy to curl up on the couch with a blanket but you’ll be much happier and healthier by staying active. so break out those running shoes or skis and the long-johns and get out there!

Driving Safegregory-gopman-winter-car

The winter is the hardest season on cars due to all the salt on the road and cold climate. It can be quite taxing on you car if you are not fully prepared. Some helpful advice I have heard and would like to share would be to fill all fluids (windshield, oil, transmission, etc), replace or check your windshield wipers, and change over your regular tires to the snow tires. Some other helpful advice would be to use your floormats incase you are stuck in the snow to gain traction, keep a flashlight in your glove box, and try to park your car facing east to use the sun as a natural defroster.

Using Your Thermostat Without Breaking The Bankgregory-gopman-thermostat

Heat can be costly. However this does not need to cost you an arm and a leg in the winter. By purchasing a smart thermostat you can program your house to be the right temperature and maintain that temperature in a more cost effective way. Also, be sure to make certain your home is not leaking heat through cracks in the windows, walls, or doors.

Take Care Of Your Bodygregory-gopman-cold

Winter can be very harsh on one’s body. Skin can dry and crack along with lips and other annoying spots. Make sure you use moisturizer, Chapstick or lip balm, and cover up so that the wind doesn’t hurt too bad.

Prepare For The Worstgregory-gopman-winter-emergency-kit

In case there is that storm of the century it never hurts to prepare for the storms. Make sure you are stocked up on water, canned goods, as well as charged electronics. Assemble an emergency kit in case of well…an emergency. Before you know it the snow will be gone but for the rare storms, its always a good idea to be overly prepared.

Take An Off-Season Getawaygregory-gopman-beach

Most people have used their vacation days during the holidays so this might be the perfect time to travel somewhere warm. I recently wrote an article on the top place to travel during the spring and you can view it here! The flights and hotels will be much cheaper and you’ll most likely avoid the crowds. Take that vacation you know you deserve.

Stay Healthygregory-gopman-winter-wellness

Winter is the number one time of the year for sicknesses. These can affect your work day or your weekend, or both! Whether its the common cold or the flu you can combat potential illnesses simply by washing your hands, using hand sanitizers, staying active (see #1), sleeping enough, and staying warm.

Hope these tips helped and you feel more prepared. Make a list and start crossing off the preparations you have done. Stay warm and check back soon for more updates!

Holiday Hacks

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The holidays can be a hectic time for people! People are either decorating their house, out shopping for the perfect gift, or solidifying festive plans with their friends and families. The last thing anyone wants is to be stressed out and not enjoying the holly jolly spirit. Over my many holiday seasons I have learned a few key things that I would like to share with all of you so that everything runs smoothly. Feel free to comment and share as I would love to hear more holiday hacks. Enjoy!

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Limit Your Commitments: This is the time of year to relax and not overdo your plans. It is important to keep a schedule so you don’t overbook your time. People will be asking you to attend this party and that party, so be sure to get everything prioritized and prepped.

Avoid Traveling Stress: As many of you might have seen before, I previously posted an article on traveling hacks and how to fly with the most comfort and how to make your time in the airport the most enjoyable. Some extra tips involve always arriving hours before your flight (or other mode of transportation) as well as being packed at least a day in advance to avoid the realization that you forgot your favorite shirt at home when its too late.

gregory-gopman-online-shoppingContinue to Get Great Gift Deals: So Black Friday was too insane to shop on, don’t worry! The deals are still out there! Shopping online using websites like Slickdeals or Woot are sure to give you the savings that you crave. You may also even be lucky enough to get more savings when using retailmenot.com. Happy Shopping!

If You Don’t Know, Don’t Worry: Some people can be really tricky to buy for. Do they want this? Do they want that? Don’t spend too much time thinking about a small gift when you could always get them a gift card so they can figure it out.

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Ship Flat-rate: The United States Postal Service slogan of “If it fits, it ships for one low price,” gives everyone the perfect excuse to load up that box of goodies with as much as it can handle. The USPS service will allow you to pack the box with up to 70lbs and will ship it anywhere in the United States.

Make Your House Smell Amazing: This one is simple and sure to make an impression on your guests should you decide to entertain at your residence. Gather some small pine branches and feel free to add in cinnamon sticks and even oranges or cherries and place them in pot. Place the pot on the stove-top and place the setting on simmer. Soon enough your home will be smelling like the winter wonderland that you wish for.

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Make Money: Sometimes you get pretty bad presents. Its just a fact of the holidays. You could always return the gifts and get something better, or you could sell it for cold hard cash. You can sell the dud yourself or let Amazon do it for you by using Fulfillment by Amazon.