Finding some winter oomph!

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The temptation is just to curl up in a ball, turn on the TV and veg out.  The reality is you still have the school uniforms to iron, the bills to sort and a meal to prepare. Where will you find the energy?

Let’s face the facts, it can be much harder to motivate yourself when the weather is bleak and the dark nights roll in before tea.  Hurry up spring.

For some people it’s more than just being a bit tired of the winter weather and dark nights. SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder) described by some as Winter Depression it’s said to affect 7% of the population.  In these cases, high powered light boxes are recommended.

But what about the majority of people who just have a case of midwinter gloom? Here are four things you can do to brighten up your winter blues.

1. Change your words

Your language has a huge impact on the way you feel. By changing your words not only will you feel better but you will also programme positivity into your subconscious mind.

For example, instead of saying “I’m tired,” use “I could do with more energy”.

You could replace “I hate getting up” with “I could like early mornings a lot more”.

Take five of your negatives and turn them around.

2. Move

Your body was designed to move. When you get active your brain creates endorphins and they make you feel good!

3. Eat well

There’s a huge temptation to stock up on heavy carbohydrates when the nights are long and the days are short. If you want to feel fresh then eat some fresh food. Yes you can eat a salad in February!

4. Add colour

By adding colour to your life you feel better, bolder and brighter.  Add a splash of vibrant colour to what you wear. Make your food bright (naturally). Create a wall chart of your To Do’s in bright colours.

The good news is we know the light nights are coming, sunshine is just around the corner and the vibrancy of spring is only a couple of months away.

Michael Heppell is a “success coach”, and an expert in organisation and time management. With a style described as “shot-gunning a bucket of espresso”, Michael works with individuals, multi-national corporations and everything in between. His books – the most recent of which is How To Save An Hour Every Day – have been translated into 18 languages.