There comes a time when winter can be annoying. It can’t be all about the novels, movies and fireplaces. If you are suffering from Seasonal Affective Disorder, or as common knowledge calls it, SAD syndrome, you need this. Besides trying to keep my everyday motivation up, I’ve developed some tricks to over come winter-boredom and hopefully they can help you too.
It’s a known fact that food can affect the way we feel. A balanced diet equals a balanced mood. When we stock our fridge with vegetables, fruits and complex carbohydrates (e.g. whole grains), we are kicking the winter blues away. Avoid processed foods, refined carbs and sugary ingredients that can cause spikes in your blood sugar, which later leads to feeling down and on a sugar-low.
In this case, it’s good to see the light. Treat yourself to some bright light in the early morning to fight away anxiety, depression and a case of the blues. When your skin is exposed to the sun, it absorbs a component – serotonin – that regulates our mood and can be a natural anti-depressive. That’s why I keep insisting on going for walks outside.
Does this sound familiar? It’s because it works. A positive attitude can get you a long way, waking up on the right foot as well, but also, the colors you wear can take a big turn on how your day will go on. Colors can make you feel confident, sexy, energetic, hopeful and people will feel when you’re spreading that energy. Try wearing yellow to work and lets see how it turns out.
When you are living in a clean, organized and effective place, you instantly feel more productive. There isn’t a day when I sit at my desk and don’t make the bed or wash the dishes before. It just makes me feel a lot better, more active and like I’m contributing to my own concentration. I don’t like looking at the bed and thinking that I should’ve done it hours ago. Just make the bed, put away the dirty clothes, wash the dishes laying in the sink, light some candles and enjoy the rest of your day – wether working, reading a book or watching movies.
And of course, the créme de la créme, working out. Not only keeps your heart beating, expels the toxins from your body, alleviates stress and releases endorphins, which are instant mood improvers. Regular workouts can help you maintain a healthy lifestyle, boost your immune system and keep you out of those winter blues. It’s not an easy task to do but if you don’t like intensive training just going for a walk helps. Ask a friend to go with you and the time goes by even faster.