4 Ways to Keep a Positive Mindset This Winter
The winter blahs can drain your body and your mind.
A combination of minimal daylight, less time spent outdoors, a reduction of vitamin D, and colder weather can contribute to a worse mood, a negative mindset, and even seasonal depression. Here are four ways you can keep a positive mindset and combat the winter blues this year.
1. Soak Up the Sun
During the warmer months, you’re more likely to get outside in the fresh air and let the sun soak into your skin. On the opposite side of the spectrum, in the winter, you’re probably in your office during the day and spend the rest of your evening cozied up inside your home. All this time spent under artificial lights can take a toll on your otherwise positive mindset.
Instead of staying inside all day during the colder months, make an effort to get outside and go for a quick 5-10-minute walk over your lunch break. Even this small amount of time spent outside in the sunlight and fresh air will help you feel refreshed and clear your mind.
If you find that a quick walk outside doesn’t do enough for your mood, consider getting a lamp that mimics sunlight. Many people with seasonal depression have seen dramatic changes in their mindset and mood after incorporating sun lamps into their daily routines.
2. Get Social
Numerous studies over the years have concluded that being social is a major contributor to positive mental health. Having a strong support system is vital yearlong, but especially so in the winter months when you would much rather stay inside by yourself.
If the cold weather makes you isolate yourself, make a concentrated effort to plan activities with your friends to hold yourself accountable. Maybe have them over for movies and a family-style dinner or take a weekend trip to a ski resort. Being involved in a community can help you focus on the positives and build up your relationships.
3. Be Thankful
Injecting a little gratitude into your daily routine is good for the body and the soul. Yoga is a great way to combine the two. Not only will it help you strengthen your body, it also allows you to take a moment to recognize and appreciate all your body does for you. Gratitude is a major component to developing a positive mindset.
If yoga isn’t your thing, try meditating for 5-10 minutes a day to think about everything you’re thankful for in your life. It may seem silly but focusing on all of the positives will help you recognize them in your daily life.
4. Exercise Your Body and Free Your Mind
It can be hard to motivate yourself to work out when it’s freezing outside, but exercise is one of the best ways to improve your mood and cultivate a positive mindset. Exercise can help with depression, anxiety, poor sleep, low self-esteem, and much more. Make sure you find a workout you enjoy so it’s not a chore.
Keeping a positive mindset all year long can be difficult but making an honest effort and exploring all avenues can provide noticeable results.
If you’re looking for a way to stay positive this winter, think about getting a personal trainer who will consider all aspects of your health and wellbeing. At Cause and Effects Fitness, we work with you to develop a positive mindset by making sure you’re eating good foods and getting those endorphins going with fun, invigorating workouts.
Reach out to us today to get started!