How to Stay Motivated During Winter
Winter Motivation Tips
During the winter months, it’s easy to lose motivation. In many regions, it’s dark, cold, and grey. There’s less daylight than there is in the spring and summer and it’s tempting to just hunker down on the couch under a blanket for the entire season.
However, there are things you can do to stay motivated during winter. Here are some tips.
Eat Healthy Foods
When it’s cold and dark, many of us turn to “comfort foods” to get through the days. However, these aren’t usually the healthiest choices. Instead, try to focus on eating in-season fruits and vegetables when you can.
Also, fruit and veggies that are flash frozen have the same nutritional content as fresh, so these can be a good option.
Rather than spending the winter binge-watching shows or scrolling on your phone, get up and get active. This can help improve your mood and that will keep you motivated. Virtual training, for instance, can be a great way to stay active during the winter.
It can sometimes be challenging to spend time outdoors when it’s cold and dark for most of the day. However, getting outside in the fresh air and (hopefully) the sunlight can help improve your mood and that should help you stay motivated during winter.
Make a Schedule
Sometimes it’s too easy to have hours pass by aimlessly. This tends to happen more often in the winter when we’re indoors a lot, away from the sun and other triggers that help our bodies know what time it is. One solution is to make a schedule.
This doesn’t just mean work activities and chores either. Schedule time for things you enjoy as well. Your hobbies, passions, and social life are important, so put them in your schedule to give them the attention they deserve.
Get Enough Sleep Consistently
Winter weather can make it difficult to get enough sleep on a regular basis. However, sleep is important. Make an effort to gets 7-8 hours of sleep each night. Setting a consistent bedtime and wake up time (even on the weekends) can help.