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Motivation through the dark mornings and evenings…

by Stephanie Tasker | 25 November 2014

As much I like the autumnal feel and absolutely love the countdown to Christmas, I don't love the dark and cold mornings that come with it. I am not and never will be a morning person and therefore struggle during those winter months when it's even more tempting to stay in bed much longer than you know you should. In light of this, I've come up with some suggestions of how to keep yourself motivated through the winter season.
Go to bed on time. I'm naturally sleepier in the autumn and winter, probably because it gets dark so much earlier. I get to bed early enough to ensure that I get 8 hours sleep a night.

  • Don't hit snooze. If you're a chronic snooze-button user, place your clock on the other side of the room so that you have to get out of bed to turn it off. There are actually alarm clocks on wheels that run off when sound in the morning, so that you physically have to get out of bed to find it and switch it off.
  • Play your get-up-and-go music. Music has a massive impact on your mind and body in a positive way. It can alter your mood, give you energy and motivate you. Play music in the morning whilst getting ready and during your journey to work. It will help motivate you and put you in a positive frame of mind.
  • Exercise in the morning. It's the best way to set you up for the day and get you kick started. It's best to plan on an evening what you will do, whether it be the gym, swim or a run. I have to say, this is not something that I do often, but I have a colleague that goes to the gym most mornings and she is always in high spirits and her motivation and energy levels are high.
  • Eat healthily. As tempting as it to tuck into your favourite comfort food, eating healthily helps to keep your energy levels and consequently your mood. Be good to yourself and eat plenty of fruit and veg, to ward off those pesky viruses during flu season. Eat meals filled with slow release carbohydrates to keep your energy levels up throughout the day.
  • Plan ahead. Having things to look forward to outside of work and at the weekends, will help to keep you motivated throughout the week. This also helps to keep your spirits up particularly when it's nearing the end of the week.

Do you have any tips for staying motivated during the cold winter months? Let us know in the comments box below.