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How to Stay Motivated Through Winter’s Wrath
After vacationing in an 80 degrees & sunny city and returning New York City’s Polar Vortex yesterday, my motivation (along with the temps) has plummeted. Since I need this inspiration for myself (and assuming you do too!), today I’m sharing my top 5 tips for staying productive and inspired during what currently feels like the coldest winter ever. Grab a cup of hot chocolate, tea or coffee and take notes:
Exercise isn’t only for maintaining your weight and staying healthy. It’s great for relieving the stresses of life. You’ll have more energy throughout the day, and your metabolism with stay elevated too. Exercise also helps your mind by releasing those “feel good chemicals” that improve your mood.
2. Eat Healthy
What and when you eat has a great affect on your mood and energy. Avoid refined and processed foods (like white breads, rice, and sugar). These foods are not only devoid of the nutrients your body craves, but they zap your energy levels and can affect your mood—causing depression, lack of concentration, and mood swings. Try to incorporate whole wheat breads, brown rice, veggies, fruit and get your daily 8 cups of water. These healthy foods provide your body (and mind) with nutrients, and stabilize your blood sugar and your energy levels.
3. Get Some Sun
Most people know that sunlight provides us with Vitamin D. But did you know that it also improves your mood? Winter days are shorter and darker than other months, and because of the cold weather, a lot of people spend less and less time outdoors. Lack of sunlight can cause many people to become depressed—without knowing why. I know it’s cold, but try to spend a little more time outdoors. Keep your shades up and sit near windows at home or at work. Let the sunshine in.
4. Treat Yourself
Having something to look forward to can keep anyone motivated. Winter seems endless, but if you plan something exciting, your mood improves when you’re anticipating it and when the event actually comes. Plan something that’s fun to you—a weekend trip, a day at the spa, a get together with friends or a special date with your sweetie.
You’re busy ALL the time. Work, meetings, family, friends, appointments —even if you enjoy being busy, everyone needs some time off. Don’t be afraid to say “No” to extra responsibilities. Try to spend a few minutes each day doing nothing. Read a book or magazine, sleep in on the weekend, go to bed early, try some meditations, or take a yoga class. Relaxation, especially in the form of yoga, can alleviate stress and leave you with a calm energy. Mental exercises like meditation and positive thinking can help keep the winter blues at bay.
If you have any tips for staying motivate during the winter months, please share!