6 motivation hacks for getting through winter


With winter just around the corner, there is plenty of time to pick up habits that will not only cause you to have more energy this season, but also be happier. Here are a few tips on how to stray away from the winter blues before the first snowflake falls.

1. Get sunlight

IAN MUNROE | FLICKR CREATIVE COMMONS

IAN MUNROE | FLICKR CREATIVE COMMONS

With the days being shorter in the winter, the more sunlight the better. The increase in sunlight the better your mood will be. When the weather starts to get colder, the time spent outdoors is reduced. Lack of sunlight in the winter can cause many people to be seasonally depressed. Try to keep your blinds open and sit near windows to catch the most sunlight that you can.

2. Eat a healthy diet

Fresh produce is displayed for sale at the Rexburg Farmers Market. The Rexburg Farmers Market is held each Friday from 4 to 8 p.m. MARIAH HALVERSON | Scroll Photography

MARIAH HALVERSON | Scroll Photography

What you eat and when you eat can affect you mood and energy. During the winter, energy and mood levels decrease and with a healthy diet you can fight the winter blues. Certain foods can leave you feeling tired and lacking concentration. To stay energetic and happy try to eat more complex carbohydrates like oatmeal, pasta, potatoes, beans and stay well hydrated.

3. Exercise

Students pedal on stationary bikes during cycling fitness class. Cycling classes are offered Monday through Wednesday from 9-9:50 p.m., Tuesday through Thursday from 8-8:50 p.m. and Thursday from 7-7:50 p.m. JAMES RIChards | Scroll Photography

JAMES RICHARDS | Scroll Photography

Exercise is a great way not only to stay fit and healthy, but also for relieving stress. When you exercise regularly, you are to have more energy throughout the day. When winter is around the corner, it is good to get in the habit of exercising regularly so you can stay healthy, happy and more energetic.

4. Stay warm

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As the temperatures start to drop, it always seems impossible to stay warm. Whenever you’re about to walk out into below freezing weather, always remember to cover your head, neck and face; try to keep your clothes dry by wearing waterproof clothing and wear layers.

5. Embrace the season

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Dreading the winter can start the chain reaction for a bad season. The cold and snow may not always be comfortable, but try to look for the best in the situation. Whenever you have a better attitude about the weather, you will be happier and have better experiences throughout the season.

6. Set goals

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DAFNE CHOLET | FLICKR CREATIVE COMMONS

When you set goals and strive to meet these goals, you are not only more motivated to be productive, but you are more energetic and awake throughout your day. Try using a planner to keep your goals in order. Setting goals in the winter will keep you from the winter blues.



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