The best ways to keep the energy and optimism up during the winter season.
As the seasons change and winter approaches, the days get colder, darker and shorter and we tend to feel a bit more down than usual. It’s not as easy to keep the energy and optimism up as it is during the bright and warm summer days. So, here are a few tips that make it a lot easier to stay positive and energised even throughout the cold and dark winter season!
During those long winter months, we can often find ourselves longing for lazy summer days and warm spring afternoons. We’re also very guilty of complaining about the weather on a regular basis! And while the cold, rainy and dark days can be hard to bear; instead of complaining or contributing to the general dislike for winter, you should start focusing on all the good stuff; things you’re grateful for.
It is quite incredible how strong the power of positive thoughts can be, once we shift our focus onto things that we’re grateful for. This gratitude then begins to fuel our thoughts and guide our actions and thus, impacts us more positively.
While this can be easier said than done, with a little practise, nurturing a positive and gratitude-based outlook on life is far from impossible. Keeping a gratitude journal or journaling your weekly routine with a warm cup of tea can be very helpful.
Believe it or not, Vitamin D can help you beat the winter blues as it plays a role in mood regulation and boosting the immune system. Our main source of Vitamin D is sunlight, however, due to the lack of sunlight in winter, experts recommend taking Vitamin D supplements as well as eating foods rich in Omega- 3 fatty acids, such as fish, to really boost those levels and improve your mood as well as general wellbeing.
One of the simplest ways of fighting the winter blues is to stay active even when it’s dark and cold. A 15-minute walk in the middle of the day is enough to energise yourself and improve your mood. Pairing this with meditation could make things even better, with studies suggesting that meditation can have a huge impact on the human brain and is associated with happiness and decreased activity in brain regions linked to stress.
Adopt these top tips to help you beat the winter blues and enjoy a happier work-life. To find your work-laugh balance, why not join one of our Areaworks spaces? Book a tour to take a look around and see all that we have to offer. We could be helping you with your winning winter mindset before you know it!