21 Oct How To Stay Motivated Through Winter
I don’t know about you guys, but in the depths of winter I am thinking about is sunshine and warm weather! This is the prime time when people start to lose motivation. And it’s not just losing interest in exercise; winter’s the time people tend to lose motivation to maintain a healthy diet, to continuing pushing themselves work, and keep pursuing fun activities (especially those outdoors).
I’m not going to lie, staying motivated to maintain your wheel of wellness during winter is tough, but it’s not impossible. Whether you’re struggling to get up and exercise in the morning, or you can’t seem to keep your eating in check, here’s my tips on how to keep motivated through winter.
Create a positive visual reminder
Summer can be a distant memory when the freezing cold and wet days seem never ending. Creating a visual reminder can help you remember that summer is just around the corner and also keep you on track for your goals. Perhaps it’s a picture of a pristine beach, maybe it’s an image of a dream house you’re working towards, or the dream body. Keep this mood board in front of your desk or on your fridge to help you avoid deviating from your plan and goals.
Switch up your activities
If you don’t love the chilly air and heavy rain, chances are you’re struggling to keep up some of the outdoor activities you love like bike riding, surfing, or tennis. Instead of just forgoing these in winter, swap them with an activity you enjoy that’s indoors. Why not try yoga or a boxing class? Give painting a go or a ceramics class. Making sure you incorporated things you love into your weeks will help stop you from falling into a winter rut. Consider it the perfect opportunity to try something new for a change!
Set some goals
Regardless of where you are at in life, there is room to make some new goals. They could be focused on the physical like increasing your endurance, running faster, or toning up. They may be work focused like meeting a certain target, growing your business, or securing a dream job. You may want to set life goals that help achieve a better balance like spending more time with friends, including some me time, or volunteering.
Whatever your goal is, be specific. How much weight do you want to lose and by when? What is the desired growth of your business and how are you going to measure it?
If they’re large goals, set some mini goals so that you can have some small wins along the way. This will help you stay motivated and committed.
Focus on life’s good things
When you’re struggling with motivation it’s easy to get into a negative mindset. This often drives our motivation levels further down. By focusing on the positives, you can help avoid falling into the victim headspace and feeling sorry for yourself.
If dragging yourself out of bed at 6am is becoming a battle during winter, write down all the benefits that come with doing a short workout. If you’re struggling with the winter blues, consider starting a gratitude journal to note down a positive or something you’re thankful for each day.
Don’t rely solely on motivation
Depending on motivation alone isn’t a reliable way to stay on top and focused throughout winter. That’s because it’s an emotion and like all emotions, it has its up’s and down’s. Winter is usually a time where motivation is sitting in the trough, not in a high.
Committed people don’t rely solely on motivation. If it’s non-existent that day, it doesn’t hold them back. They’ll get up and exercise no matter what because they know their goals and the benefits of showing up to a workout. It’s all in the mindset!