Heaven Hi and Happy Wednesday!
The days are getting colder and shorter, which generally means that our energy levels have gone down. The only exception being the fact that since it’s so cold, we’re now drinking more tea and coffee – which has caffeine in it. However, if you want more intrinsic motivation and more energy from within, try some of these tips.
#1) Remember: Energy In = Energy Out
You have to make sure that you’re eating right, resting well, recovering after exhaustion, and treating yourself right in order to respond well to stress and maintain the proper amount of focus to be successful in all aspects on your life.
In order to have energy to expel, you have to be putting energy in your body. That means that you’re eating right. Since it’s cold out, a lot of us crave the comfort foods: macaroni and cheese, mashed potatoes, etc. But remember that there are healthy versions of these dishes and that there are healthier comfort foods all together. Instead of macaroni and cheese, look at low fat chicken or beef stews.
#2) Have Clear Cut Goals
Whether you’re trying to stay fit or if you’re trying to succeed at work, you need a clear goal to work toward. Make that long term goal as specific as possible. Then make short term goals that will help you work toward that big winner’s circle. Keep reminders of these goals all around you to keep you motivated. Read books about that big goal and listen to podcasts. They will help keep your eyes on the prize.
#3) Buy Yourself Something Nice
It doesn’t have to be expensive or fancy but getting yourself a little present, which will help you work toward your big goal is a great way to keep you motivated. For example, if you’re participating in National Novel Writing Month this November, get yourself some nice stationary, a shiny new word processing program, or a great fountain pen. If you’re trying to stay fit during the holidays, get yourself something cozy to help keep the cool wind and rain at bay. Invest in something that will last and it will remind you of your hard work.
#4) Go Outside
Yes, it’s cold. Yes – for some of you out there – it is also rainy. But autumn is a beautiful season. Enjoy the colors and scents by going outside and spending some quality time with your family, friends, and pets. The fresh air will help invigorate your spirit as well. Getting a little sun can aid in combating depression, even if you just go out for a brisk fifteen minute jog with the dog in the morning.
#5) Sign Up For Something In the Spring
Signing up for a spring event will keep your spirits up and give you something to look forward to when you’re stuck at home this fall/winter. It doesn’t have to be something crazy – though that might be just what the doctor ordered, if you need to spice things up in your life. Need some suggestions?
- Spring marathon,
- Spring concert,
- Volunteer event,
- Personal achievement or performance,
- A conference, seminar, or workshop
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Well, until next time! B BOP!