We’ve passed the 21st of March! How did you fare through this winter? Depending on where you are located, this was a winter for the record books. We had more snow days than I can remember in a long time and record breaking cold temperatures. Do you find that you feel a little more sluggish, unmotivated, tired, or sad during the winter season? Read on!
I know that I suffer from a slight Seasonal Affective Disorder (details from the Mayo Clinic here), and so this year I took some steps to get me through the winter while still working hard, growing my business, and generally not being sad. I realize that this post is coming out after the fact, but March has been a bit strange in the US this year, and we are still locked in a quasi-winter mode – with possible snow coming next week! Now is the time to see what you can do to throw open the windows, as it were, and get going!
Ways to put some “Spring” in your step this month:
1. Vitamin D: Please consult your doctor or pharmacist first, of course, but most of us are at least slightly low on vitamin D. We can get vitamin D from the sun (difficult in the winter and also difficult if we are always covered in sunscreen), from our diet, or from supplements. The benefits of vitamin D for our bodies are pretty amazing (more here) and include things such as more energy, better sleep, fewer illnesses, better absorption of other vitamins and nutrients, etc. That’s a pretty good list! I found an excellent vitamin D supplement and tried to use discipline and remember to take it!
2. Be grateful: This is probably the most important tip for all of us. Sit down every evening before bed and/or every morning just when you get up and make a list of things for which you are grateful. These could be small events that happened that day or major people in your life or simply the sun or the weather. Focusing on things for which we are grateful creates positive thoughts in our brains, positive actions in our lives, a bounce in our step and thus attracts more positive events and people into our lives. Even more interestingly, if we focus on these grateful things before sleeping, our brains “chew on” them during the night and we get extra subconscious benefits. (If you are an entrepreneur, check out more with Dana Wilde here.)
3. Go outside! It might still be a bit chilly or maybe a bit gray (yes, this works even better if it’s sunny and mild), but go outside anyway. Take a walk down the street or around the office park in the middle of the day. Look around at the people and things around you. Clear your mind. Think about your grateful list. Look up at the sky and just breathe. This kind of fresh air can do wonders for our attitude and mood. It’s March, so no matter what the weather, you’re going to see a glimmer of spring… a hope of something to come. Grab it! Savor it.
What kinds of things do you do to appreciate spring and get re-energized? Comment below and help us add to the list!
Enjoy the day!