As we near February, we may find ourselves in a bit of a slump in our lives. The stress and the buzz of the holidays has long passed, and so has the excitement of the start of the new year. The weather is cold and dreary, and we could really use a little pick-me-up.
This time of the year can be a tough season to stay motivated and inspired. If you feel this way, don’t worry; you are not alone! I have definitely found myself being less productive; simply wanting to curl up in jammies with Netflix and let the evening slide by without getting much done. While I think this is totally acceptable sometimes, we don’t want to let all of our motivation and drive slip away. This often leaves us feeling a bit down and unfulfilled, and we don’t want to waste these next couple of months feeling that way.
I think it’s important to acknowledge the way you are feeling and realize that it may be simply a seasonal thing that will eventually pass. You have not lost your motivation forever! We just need to purposefully create little things in our lives that help us stay inspired and reignite our passion for life.
Endure Enjoy the rest of the winter with cold-weather luxuries.
Yes, we may be sick of trudging through the snow every morning and our skin may be turning an unhealthy shade of white. But until we can escape on a tropical vacation or we start feeling that spring warmth, let’s make the best of our current situation.
What is making you irritable about the wintery weather? If it’s your feet getting wet as you walk around town every day, consider investing in a pair of weather-proof boots (Bonus: You will have them to get you through next winter, too!). If it’s your dry, chapped skin that’s getting you down, book yourself a hydrating facial, or treat yourself to a nice soothing moisturizer. Instead of feeling sorry for yourself, take responsibility for your happiness and wellbeing and splurge on whatever it takes to get you through the rest of the season without it being total drudgery.
Plan a getaway.
If possible, plan a trip of some sort in the near future. Even if it’s a small road trip over the weekend, getting out of your usual routine will combat the winter dreariness and give you a fresh perspective. If taking a trip isn’t possible, challenge yourself to venture somewhere new in your town/city. Make reservations at that new restaurant you’ve been meaning to try, stop by a different coffee shop than usual, grab your camera and take a walk around streets you’ve never ventured down, go to a new yoga or fitness class. Breaking out of your routine will help ignite motivation and help you stay inspired.
Take care of your body.
Yes, I know you need motivation in order to get yourself to the gym or to the grocery store. But by doing these things, you will also be telling yourself that you are worth the effort, and this can be motivational in itself. Keep your energy levels up by making sure to eat a healthy diet filled with lots of vegetables, healthy fats, and whole grains. Maintain an exercise routine even though you are wearing bulky layers every day, in order to boost your energy and confidence. Taking time and effort to eat well and move your body will keep you feeling refreshed and good about yourself.
Bust out bright colors.
Around this time of year, it seems as if we are living in world of grey. Break out of this by wearing bright colors: a vibrant scarf, red Hunter boots, or a bright lip color will boost your own mood and maybe even inspire people you encounter during the day. Not only should you wear bright colors, but eat them too. Top your boring oatmeal with brightly colored berries, make yourself a vibrant green smoothie, make a comforting, golden-colored turmeric tea, and include different colored veggies in your daily meals. Not only will the variety of colors make your meals more interesting, but will also ensure that you are providing your body with an assortment of vitamins and nutrients, which can also assist in boosting your mood.
Seek inspiration anywhere and everywhere.
Don’t give in to that temptation to stay indoors and simply get by, eating take-out and watching Netflix until spring. Instead, force yourself to get out of the house to see friends or go out to dinner with your significant other. Challenge yourself to read interesting books. Read inspirational articles and blogs. Create a Pinterest board where you pin anything that ignites an inkling of excitement in you. Fight for that inspiration instead of letting it slip away.
I hope this post has given you some tools to help you stay inspired during these next few months. Yes, it can be challenging to get things done when you are freezing cold and feeling “blah”, but take responsibility for your happiness and do everything you can to stay motivated this season. Keep working toward the life you want, little by little, and make the most of the rest of this season.