With winter approaching, the time for self-help motivational guides has come. Not only because winter is the most difficult season to motivate yourself in, but because in 2017 in our society, there should be no reason to feel down about yourself when such abundance surrounds us. Luckily, no matter and in spite of the external circumstances of our life, a solid set of behaviors and attitudes can mean all the difference when meeting the challenges of life, not least our aptitude to bearing the weather.
Everyone knows you should do exercise, but how well are you switching up your routine? As with anything, you’ll need variety in order to make things interesting and to prevent you from being dulled to them. Many people begin an exercise regime believing that they’ll stick to it, only to give it up a month later because they haven’t treated it with the priority it deserves. Stay healthy and fit in your life, and many of your life circumstances will be met with a vigor and strength which would have seemed impossible before. A difficult situation in the day is much better to cope with when you’ve worked hard in the gym that morning.
It sets us up for the best day we can have, and in that instance gives us the time we require to relax into our routine with a much clearer mind. If you’re used to lifting weights or running outside, why not push your limits through HIIT workout classes at your gym? If you’re tired of your standard spin class, why not try an accessory to your workout such as yoga or adding in more bodyweight exercises?
Not all variants in a schedule mean you need to add more volume, either. Taking a deload week when lifting weights where you do nothing but light walking can help de-stress your system so you can come back to the routine with a fresh, rested perspective. You are much more likely to seize the opportunities surrounding you, regarding career, relationships and social events if you take these measures to prevent feeling lethargic, especially in cold, dreary weather.
It’s easy to forget the progressive mentality required to help you keep going in the direction of your goals. Luckily, it’s not hard to re-establish, even if you’ve been lethargic and close to depression for some time. To overcome this feeling, you need to introduce yourself to new habits and new ways of thinking. This sounds easier to declare than to do, but that needn’t be the case. There is a prevalence of inspirational material out there, and it all depends on what you bring into your world.
What do you allow your mind to be drawn to? In the age of almost freely available content and information, there is so much out there to be inspired by. If you find yourself reading celebrity magazines or looking at the Instagram pages of people who are better and happier than you, you might be putting yourself into a hole of negative thinking. Instead, listen to inspirational, nourishing podcasts. Believe it or not, but the soundtrack that carries your life through your music tastes also says a lot about your personality. Listening to upbeat, inspirational music, even though it can seem cheesy to those who aren’t used to it can help overcome your current lethargic moods, as the music speaks to us on a level more profound than mere rationality.
Over time, you will become the person you want to be. Who says it has to be sooner rather than later?