When the weather is dark and dreary, it can get a little hard to stay motivated. We know it’s so easy to snuggle up on the couch and watch endless hours of Netflix (hey, there’s nothing wrong with that…most of the time) —but don’t let the winter blues keep you from accomplishing things this year!
Keep a weekly list of all the tasks you want to get done. These can be any task, large or small—chores, scheduling the dentist appointment you’ve been putting off or brainstorming for creative projects you’re working on.
Add things like “do the dishes,” “fold the laundry,” and “buy soap,” to your list.
Once you start quickly crossing things off, your motivation gets a little boost!
Start incorporating flowers and plants into your decor. If you think about it, we give flowers as a gift to portray emotion, right?
So it would make sense if these emotion-based gifts also carried some kind of uplifting psychological power.
Studies have shown that attraction to flowers may be directly related to positive emotion, which results in a mood. This positive mood then serves as a buffer against stress.
Don’t have time to get out in the sunshine? You’re not out of luck! According to the National Institutes of Health, light therapy is a great alternative to natural sunlight and can help you stay energized and productive throughout the day.
Not to mention, it’s super easy to accomplish. Just sitting in front of a lightbox for 30 minutes a day can help increase happiness levels in as little as a few weeks.
Whoever said you can’t take a day off just for kicks! Giving yourself mental health days is honestly the key to staying focused and motivated. If you’re starting to feel burnt out, that means you’re neglecting to give yourself adequate rest time.
If you already know the dark winter days take a toll on you, plan ahead and give yourself some long weekends throughout the season to stay on top of it. Not only will it give you something to look forward to, but also the time you need to re-energize your mind and body.
The Journal of Nutrition found that even being slightly dehydrated can have serious effects on your mood.
“For example, clinical observations demonstrate severe dehydration results in acute confusion and delirium. However, insufficient research has been conducted to determine if mild dehydration, at levels that may occur in healthy individuals during their ordinary daily activities, degrades cognitive performance, alters mood, or produces adverse symptoms.”
When it’s cold outside, the last thing you want to do is drink an ice-cold glass of water. So try and find some other ways to increase your water intake. Purchase a cool water bottle that encourages you to drink enough water. Or set some little rules for yourself like: “If I don’t drink all my water today, I can’t have dessert after dinner.” You’d be surprised how well it works!
Most importantly, listen to your body and give yourself a break every now and then.
Spring will be here before we know it!
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