Friday, November 03, 2006

Ten Ways to Beat the Winter Blues

As we enter the colder, darker days (or at least in the UK!) we tend to suffer a dip in our motivation. So how can we keep our motivation going?
  1. Exercise is good for your motivation. Why not go for a walk for 20 minutes at lunch.
  2. Take a nightclass to learn a new skill.
  3. Sit down and write 3 goals for the next 3 months. Plan how you will achieve them.
  4. Eat well, eat more vegatables/fruit to keep your body in tip top condition.
  5. Don't waste your weekend -this is a chance to recharge your emotions. Plan something to look forward to during the week.
  6. As a manager, set some events that bring people together with a fun element - quizzes, brainstorming, celebrations.
  7. Write a blog to help others with the feelings of a dip in motivation.
  8. Visit older members of your family and friends who feel the winter the most. The act of helping others can be uplifting.
  9. Hold breakfast sessions at work to stimulate motivation discussions.... keep them light, but they ease people into work.
  10. Make sure that if you work in the office you get some of the sunlight during the day. When outside - via a walk etc make sure you lift your head and allow your eyes to see the sun.

Helping each other can be great, understand that people will have down days, be patient and supportive.

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