The New Year started with a bang—you were positive and optimistic that 2013 was going to be an incredible year. Yet as the month wore on, you found it increasingly difficult to stay energized and positive. Is this your reality?
What happened? Why is it so difficult to focus?
Do you have a case of the winter blues?
Winter blues in January and February are quite common. With the holiday season now over, the beautiful lights that once sparkled and lit up the neighborhoods are now dark and lifeless, and the holiday bills have started streaming in.
Doesn’t it seem like the spring will never come?
SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder) is a common type of depression that many people face during the winter months. The shorter days and the angle of the sun, means less exposure to daylight, so you absorb less vitamin D from the sun’s rays. This can leave you feeling tired and sluggish, and dragged down by a serious case of the winter blahs.
How do YOU stay on track when you might not be as optimistic as you would like to be? What do you do to make sure you don’t give up on the goals that you set that are really important to you?
When you make your life a priority and are inspired, you will be empowered with the vigour and strength that you need, to accomplish what you most desire.
Not sure where to start? Get started by investing in the basics.
Make your health a priority
Health is wealth!
Tip # 1 – Vitamin D is your friend
Consider taking a vitamin D3 supplement, and/or finding a way to enjoy the sun. If you can’t afford to take a vacation somewhere warm and sunny, you can still visit a ski hill nearby, or you can explore light therapy and full spectrum lighting.
Try to get outside even though it’s cold. You’ll be surprised at how energized you feel after spending some time outdoors.
Tip #2 – Exercise is key.
Believe it or not, exercise is not a swear word! If you hate to exercise, you’re not alone — most people don’t like to do it so they never commit.
The reality is that many of the things that you don’t enjoy you need to do anyway. Why? Because they are essential to your wellbeing. Some people don’t like to shower, yet they choose to do it or they wouldn’t have any friends!
Exercise is a discipline that has huge rewards. Our bodies are meant to move; if you don’t “move it, you lose it.”
Studies show that every health condition is positively affected by exercise. Plus exercise releases endorphins, the feel-good hormones that promote wellbeing. Simply getting your body moving can have a positive impact on every aspect of your life.
Tip #3 – Simplify your diet.
Simple carbohydrates (like bread or pasta made with white flour) turn into sugar in your blood and can drag down your energy. Try to replace simple carbs with plenty of fruits, vegetables and lean proteins. You will have more energy throughout the day, and it will also help you maintain your ideal weight so you never have to diet.
Tip #4 – Drink more water.
To calculate how much water your body needs, take your body weight and divide it by two. The resulting number is how many ounces of water you need per day.
Many health issues arise when we don’t drink enough water. Approximately 70% of our body is water and when you’re hydrated, you feel energized. So drink up!
Tip #5 – Get enough sleep.
Studies show how necessary sleep is for our health. Even though the amount of sleep differs for each person, lack of sleep has a negative effect on everyone.
Not only does lack of sleep affect your memory and ability to concentrate but it also affects your health and emotional wellbeing. When you feel overwhelmed, it’s often because you did not get a good night’s sleep.
Pay attention to your emotional wellbeing
There is a saying, “Tell me who your friends are and I will tell you who you are.” As much as I argued this as a teenager, I must say, I do find this perspective interesting.
The truth is that when you surround yourself with encouraging and supportive people, you will find increased happiness in your life. The energy is invigorating and contagious!
In my experience as a coach, I often see transformational change in my clients as they define their values, find their voice and take positive action steps in their lives.
Many of my client’s have discovered that as they begin to change, their relationships also change. As they grow in confidence and find their purpose, they often desire to be around people that share similar values, who are positive, proactive and moving forward in their lives.
In some cases, a “relationship cleanse” is needed in order for them to achieve the meaningful and fulfilling relationships they desire. To be your best, you must also give yourself the best.
Ask for what you want— connect to what gives your life meaning and purpose— and your heart WILL be glad!
Invest in your mental wellbeing
To rise to your greatest potential, you must have an open mind and have a willingness to learn. Your brain is wired for challenge – the best thing you can do for your aging brain is to challenge yourself to learn something new on a regular basis.
We all have many gifts, strengths and talents still waiting to be explored. Haven’t you found that when you’re open to learn, there are incredible insights to discover? The wisdom and knowledge that is available to us is profound!
Being open minded, curious and willing to learn is the doorway to discovering things that you could have never imagined. Get curious, stretch yourself – and avoid the tyranny of boredom.
Most of all….never give up!
I believe that 2013 will be an amazing year, and I want this to be true for you as well! It isn’t about the circumstances. Circumstances are beyond our control.
My life bears witness to this, as the year has just begun and we almost lost Darren’s dad. What a difficult challenge this has been!
I know you want to do great things. And to achieve this, you must be inspired. You must challenge yourself to exceed your limitations and keep the promises you make to yourself and to others. The resolutions and goals you set are important to you— so never give up!
Choose faith and courage
Do the difficult things, and inspire yourself and others. Instead of fear and doubt, choose faith and courage! They are your greatest ally and your most faithful friend
Will you step up to your life and persevere in the midst of challenge?
Please take the time to watch this video and I guarantee you that you WILL be inspired.