Whether you suffer from seasonal affective disorder (SAD) or not, Winter can be a rough season for many people simply because it can be more difficult to be outdoors. To combat the Winter vibe, here are some tips to stay motivated.
Productivity blog WorkAwesome interviewed registered dietitian Kathianne Sellers Williams to get a few tips on staying happy and motivated in the Winter. Williams suggests that finding ways to embrace the season is the best thing you can do:
Here's what my "Operation Embrace Winter" looked like: I didn't let myself say anything negative about winter. I bought a very warm and stylish coat (which was worth every penny) and focused on winter's gifts: drinking tea, sitting by fires, making soups, etc. I kept up with my yoga and exercise routines (which are easy to skip when it's so cold out!) and chose to view winter in a more spiritual way – as a time for reflection and renewal. Deciding to embrace the season is the best advice I can give.
On the nutritional side of the equation, Williams also suggested that small snacks and frequent hydration are especially important during the Winter months. If you're in need of energy, she recommends a snack made with unrefined carbohydrates. Most importantly, however, is to ensure you're getting your vitamin D. Because we're getting less sunshine than normal—which is our main source of vitamin D—it's important to make sure we get it from other sources.
Got any tips of your own for staying happy and motivated in the Winter? Let's hear 'em in the comments!
How to Feel Better in the Wintertime | Work Awesome