By: Sara Brink, Guest Blogger
The winter months present so many mornings where it’s hard to get out of bed. Here on the east coast, we’re experiencing a snowstorm just about every three days, and it’s getting harder and harder to keep spirits up when frigid temperatures are running rampant.
Here are some tips and tricks on how to churn up some motivation and inspiration to combat those winter blues:
- Put your alarm out of arm’s reach in the morning. It’s getting harder and harder to spring out of bed every morning when you know cold temperatures await you. When setting your alarm the night before, put your device out of arm’s reach from your sleeping space; this will ensure you get up in the morning to make the racket stop.
- Use “snow day” time to stay productive. If the weather conditions are causing you to miss work or school, use some of that time to get stuff done. Have a blog that you’re neglecting? Open up your browser and start writing a post. Is your inbox backed up with important emails? Start replying to them. Tackling neglected tasks on your to-do list will put you in a better mood.
- Brighten up your wardrobe. Black and gray tend to rule my wardrobe during the winter months, but there’s a little more pep in my step whenever I’m wearing an article of clothing that’s a bright color. Whether it’s a new pair of shoes or a brightly colored scarf, the pop of color will make you stand out and think of warmer days ahead.
- Get to the gym. Whether you shake your tail feather in a Zumba class or sweat it out on the treadmill, you’ll feel energized after spending some time exercising. Get your blood pumping and you’ll feel ready to tackle anything.
- Take a walk. Now you really think I’m crazy. It’s freezing outside! The sidewalks are slick with ice! Yes, the conditions may be a little treacherous, but the snow can really be quite beautiful, too. Bundle up and take a short walk around the neighborhood just to admire your surroundings. It’ll get your energy levels up and clear your head a little.
- Plan a fun “getaway.” If the weather conditions have been forcing you to spend more time indoors, you’re probably going a little stir crazy, so it’s vital to get out of the house for a little while. Take a weekend to get away in a nearby tourist town or just meet your friends for dinner one night. The change in your surroundings will make all the difference.
And, of course, think spring thoughts! It’ll be here before you know it.
Sara Brink is a writer, blogger, and self-proclaimed book nerd. Between applying to jobs and grad schools, she serves as the founder of the virtual book club Close Reads Cafe and a member of the More Love Letters team. Catch up with her through her blog or on Twitter (@SaraMBrink).
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