If colder weather and shorter days cause you to feel the winter blues, you’re not alone. It’s not uncommon to experience fatigue, sadness, difficulty concentrating, and a disruption in your sleep schedule during the winter season. For most, this is temporary and can be easily managed with lifestyle modifications.
Here are a few ways to combat winter blues:
- Mid-Day Breaks: If you find days bookmarked by dark mornings and evenings with nothing but office light in between, consciously take midday breaks to get outside and into the light.
- Nix the News: Limit the time you spend listening to the news, which can be weighty, fear-inducing, and stressful.
- Pack more protein: Change your eating habits and consume protein with breakfast, lunch, and dinner, which enhances mood and prevents sugar and carb cravings later in the day.
- Seek Out the Sun: When possible – get yourself in the sunshine or consider light therapy.
- Exercise: Even if it is just 10 or 15 minutes of movement – it helps to shake off the winter weariness and get your blood moving!
Don’t let the winter blues get you down. As Tony Robbins says, “Motion impacts emotion.” Meaning you can change your mental state by changing your physiology. Great physiology, therefore, leads to great emotions, and that’s a big key to improving your state of mind – whatever time of year it is!
Something to Think About
It can be easy to isolate in the winter, especially with the weather and when we’re wary of health concerns. Don’t give in to locking yourself in though. It’s scientifically proven that we feel better in the sunshine and that connection with friends and family has the ability to warm your heart, regardless of the temperatures outside.
Reach out this week to five past clients to see how they are doing and five friends to tell them you’re thinking about them. Connecting with amazing people is an amazing way to keep the blues at bay.
Words of Wisdom
The best and most efficient pharmacy is within your own system. – Robert C. Peale
The measure of intelligence is the ability to change. – Albert Einstein
I cannot say whether things will get better if we change; what I can say is they must change if they are to get better. – Georg C. Lichtenberg
Every negative belief weakens the partnership between mind and body. – Deepak Chopra
Health is a state of complete mental, social, and physical well-being, not merely the absence of disease or infirmity. – World Health Organization