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staying motivated in the winter: 3 easy ways to elevate your mood

May 22, 2020

Let’s be honest: Wintertime is rough.

From the gray, dead-looking trees, to the shorter days and chilly temperatures that keep us all indoors, it’s no wonder so many of us lose our get-up-and-go. Fortunately, there are a lot of simple things you can do to keep your energy levels up and stay motivated throughout the winter months. Here are three to get you started.

1. Embrace the Season

A simple paradigm shift can work wonders for your mood. Rather than viewing winter as a dreary season to be suffered through, consider its unique pleasures and beauty and try to spend some time outside every day.

Notice how the morning frost on the grass or a lamp post sparkles in the light.

Admire the stark beauty of trees stripped of their leafy coverings, and see how they resemble the life-giving circulatory systems of the human body.

Stop to watch a sunrise or a sunset, and appreciate the contrast of a splash of color on an otherwise gray landscape.

2. Seek Out the Cozy

Denmark has a concept called “hygge” that loosely translates to “coziness” or “comfort.” For Danes, who have as few as 7 hours of daylight during the winter months, hygge is what gets them through the coldest, darkest part of the year.

Treat yourself to thick, luxurious, soft fabrics that will keep out the chill and soothe your senses, and take pleasure in selecting just the right cozy articles of clothing to wear each day.

Add a cup of warm tea, cocoa, or coffee into your morning and/or evening routines, and take the time to enjoy it.

Leave soft blankets, cardigans, or scarves within easy reach in your living room, office, and car so you can cuddle up if you get chilly.

3. Add More Light

Some experts recommend using lamps that imitate the sun’s rays during the wintertime, but there’s also value in soft lighting.

Be aware of the kind of lighting you use in the evenings, and rather than using one bright light, consider several dimmer lamps for a more diffused, cozy effect.

Add fairy lights and candles to a dark, chilly room to turn it into a warm, magical retreat.

If you have a fireplace, use it. If not, just google “fireplace scene” and enjoy the light and crackle of a faux fireplace from your computer or television screen.

These simple, daily acts of mindfulness can add warmth and delight to an otherwise dreary season to help you feel your best until springtime rolls around again.


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