Stay motivated during winter months

Stay motivated during winter months

Holidays are coming! You’ve got your Christmas bottle of coke, the festive adverts are everywhere and the lights are twinkling – but the big event is still over 5 weeks away and you can’t let your motivation slump before then.

So how do you keep your chin up in the winter? It’s estimated that at least 1 in 3 of us suffer in some measure from Seasonal Affective Disorder, or SAD, which can make things worse. The NHS explain it as being “often linked to reduced exposure to sunlight during the shorter autumn and winter days,” so it can be harder to keep your spirits up.

It’s safe to say that some of us need a little more positivity to get us through the day in the darker winter months – so here are our top tips for coping with the winter weather!

Wrap up warm

Take your winter coat out of the cupboard – now. You might not need it just yet, but it’s better to be safe than sorry! There’s nothing worse than leaving the house in the morning unprepared for the freezing snap of weather that’s coming in the afternoon, or rocking up to work soaked through from an onslaught of unexpected rain. Be the smug person wrapped up warm and prepared in advance!

Hot drinks

Whilst we might have gotten all fancy with our gin and tonic over the summer, as a nation we love the hot drink. Whether you wake up in the morning and reach for the coffee machine or salivate over the perfect cup of tea, this is the season to enjoy it. Treat yourself to as many as you need to warm up – but if you’re anything like we are, make sure you’ve got a pot of decaf in your bottom drawer to stop you from a caffeine overdose!

Warm lunches

Whilst you might have been ok with a salad at lunchtime in the summer, this is the season for warming food at lunch. Whether you prepare your food at home or grab it on your break, think about having soup or something served hot for your meal. It’ll warm you up in no time!

Embrace the season

If your summer nights are full of long evenings with friends in the pub garden or dinners out, the winter months are the perfect time for evenings in with a movie. Invite your friends round and splash out on a movie, some sweet cinema snacks and maybe even a bottle of wine!

Try something new

We’re coming up to ’new year, new me’ season, and before we throw our hands in the air and remember the resolution that we made in January and broke the following week, it’s worth thinking about trying something new now. Whether it’s exercising more, learning a new skill or making a commitment, these weeks are a good time to introduce little life changes. The pressure in January to make resolutions and stick to them can be extreme, and we’ll often commit to things that aren’t feasible! Try out your resolutions now and start the new year one step ahead of everyone else.