Originally Written by Henrik Erdberg on Positivity Blog
I am the kind of person that prefers hot days rather than cold ones. I was born in México City, country closer to the the Equator and right in the middle of the country where temperatures are not as drastic as in the north so is really hard for me to bare the cold european winter. I found the Positivity blog a year ago and has helped me in many ways and this week a read the newest post and thought it would be a good idea to share Henrik’s tips for you if you don’t know him or his page:
In a dark, cold, rainy (sometimes) snowy winter, it is not easy to keep the energy and optimism up like in the bright and warm summer days. And spring is still far away.
Here are 5 simple habits that make it a lot easier to stay positive and keep the energy up even throughout this dark and often grey season.
Ask yourself: What is the biggest energy suck in my life right now?
You may for example find that it is a person in your life that is very negative. Or that the report that you have been meaning to finish for a month now is dragging you down.
Then you follow that up with asking: What is one thing I can do about this?
Maybe you decide that you want stop hanging out with that person. Or at least spend less of the time you have in a week with him or her and more of that time with the people that give you the most energy.
When I’m brushing my teeth in the morning and looking out the window over the dark and rainy landscape it is easy to forget about the things I actually have.
I have found that zooming out on my perspective like this helps out a lot to snap out of any kind of victim thinking and negativity.
This winter I have started taking Vitamin D supplements each day and I have found it to give me a lot of the energy I tend to lose during a long winter back. A few people close to me are also taking it and are reporting similar positive effects in varying degrees.
Regular exercise will give you more energy. It will help you to release inner tensions, anxiety and stress. And so it will be easier to stay relaxed, positive and to think clearly with less overthinking and to act decisively.
Few things create so much frustration, worries and anxiety as sitting on your hands and doing nothing.
So even though it might be a little extra tough to get started or to keep going with your dreams and goals during this season remind yourself that if you do you will replace those feelings and thoughts above with optimism and self-confidence.
And remember that you do not have to go forward in big or quick leaps.
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3 thoughts on “Ways to Stay Positive During the Dark and Cold Winter”
As someone who loves the outdoors, I find walking out in the woods very beneficial when I need a mood-boost. Being creative is another way I like to fill my Winter days. … but I always look forward to Spring 🙂
It’s true! What is hard for me is to make the step out f home, that’s the hardest, once I’m out I enjoy it and could make long walks, but determination sometimes fails… thank you for your comment! Have a great weekend 🙂
Yes, I agree, sometimes when it is cold, stepping outside is the hardest part 🙂