It's that time of a year again. The holiday high is fading, and the cold weather no longer feels cheery or bright. And your motivation is slowly dying as the comforts of Netflix, wine, and onesies trump all. But we both know that we can’t let the season kill our high.
You have goals, relationships and a life that you have to continue to nourish. What better time to focus on creating the life you want when you have more free time and less sunny day distractions. So, whether you need motivation for work, school or life in general, these tips can help.
1. Empty Your Bucket List
When we hear "bucket list," we think of grandiose activities that take lots of money or time but dig a little deeper. Sit down and make a list of all the things you have said you have wanted to learn, hobbies to start or projects to undertake. All the things you put off or place on the backburner and do it. Being able to check off accomplishments, no matter how big, is an amazing feeling. Treat yourself and do something you've always wanted.
2. Stay Social
When you go to work, it's dark. When you leave work, it's dark. So, it is natural to run to the coziness of your home and hibernate until spring. But what fun is that? By actively setting plans with friends and family, you give yourself something to look forward to other than a couch. If you are unsure what to do, think of your favorite wintertime activities as a kid, but add an adult twist.
3. Wake Up Early
I know you don’t want to get out of bed any sooner than you have to when it’s frigid. However, that little extra time under the covers is not going to give you any more energy. Allow yourself to get up early and enjoy in a little self-love or productivity each day. Utilize the time when things are quiet to take care of end of the day.
4. Get Moving
It seems as though every fricking list like this tells you to go exercise. Well, that's because it does help. You don’t even have to go to the gym. Try setting aside at least 30 minutes a day to do an exercise or activity that will raise your heart rate. The endorphins you release will make you feel happier, less stressed and even sleep better at night. And if you don’t believe me, check this out.
5. Eat Light
Eating healthy during the winter is one of my biggest challenges. There is something so satisfying about carbs, melted cheese, and hearty beers when it’s cold but my jeans disagree. When we eat heavy unbalanced meals, we feel sluggish and increase our chances of getting sick. And feeling this way helps us get lazy and sometimes depressed which none of us want. Try adding foods into each meal that are rich in vitamin C, B6 and zinc to keep you healthy and energetic.
6. Spruce Up Your Crib
During the winter months, our home becomes our sanctuary. Set aside an afternoon to create a bright, inspiring, and joyful environment. turn up the warmth by adding some scented candle, comfy throws and Tumblr like décor. Allow your environment to bring you the comforting energy you are missing from the sun.
Well, those are just a few of the things that help keep me motivated during the winter months. Comment below and tell us how you combat the winter blues.