How to beat the winter work blues
You can’t have failed to notice that the days are getting shorter, the nights are drawing in and the temperatures are falling.
Winter is definitely coming.
For many of us, the onset of winter brings with it much more than colder weather. Working through the winter period often means leaving for work in the dark, and getting home in the dark too. A cold office, Christmas, a new year… it can all add up to overwhelm us and leave us feeling the blues.
With that in mind, here’s a few top tips from the 360 degree feedback provider ETS for how you can avoid feeling down this winter and emerge into the Spring feeling revitalised and refreshed.
Tip #1 – Get outside
It may be freezing outside and you may just want to stay in the office and wrapped up, but it’s important to get some fresh air and away from your PC. Studies have shown that if you stay in the same place for too long you won’t be giving your best and you’ll only feel down. Buy a pair of gloves. Buy a warm jacket. Buy some warm and comfortable shoes and get outside on your lunch hour – you’ll return to work raring to go.
Tip #2 – Get some exercise
Exercise is great for not only keeping fit and keeping your weight down, it’s a brilliant way to lift your mood. Just an hour or so every other day will help reduce stress, give you more energy and lower your blood pressure. Go for a run before work when you have more energy – it’s free, it’s fun… and come Christmas you won’t need to go on that “New Year diet”.
Tip #3 – Eat healthily
For many of us, our weight goes up over winter. It’s not surprising – compared to summer we don’t walk as much, preferring the safety and warmth of our cars. We pick at chocolate over Christmas, gorge on heavy carbs at night and indulge in the odd sherry or two. As such, keep to a healthy diet – brown bread rather than white, vegetables and fruit for the win!
Tip #4 – Get some sun
Although sunlight is a rare treat over the winter period, it has important benefits for your health and wellbeing. Sunlight produces vitamin D, which helps raise your mood and release happy chemicals into your bloodstream. That’s why people who suffer Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) often get so down over winter. If you can afford it, try and take a holiday to a warmer climate – and always make sure you open your windows when the sun comes out!
Tip #5 – Get some sleep
As the nights draw in, it’s the perfect chance to rest up and catch some much-needed shut-eye. Many people suffer from a lack of sleep in the summer – going to bed when it’s still light – being woken up at the crack of dawn with the birds singing…
Treat winter as a time to sleep, rest up and recharge your batteries. You’ll have more energy to get you through the day and you’ll feel brighter in yourself too.
Tip #6 – Try and be positive
This may sound rather trivial, but it’s important to stay positive through winter. Try and smile, remain positive, adopt a can-do attitude. Buy some new clothes, treat yourself to a make-over, and just think – Spring is one day closer already.
Tip #7 – Get a winter ritual
Just because summer is over, that doesn’t mean that those sociable evenings with your workmates have to end! Why not start a reading group? Get down the pub for a weekly lunch gathering. Go for a walk. Have a coffee morning. Most employment surveys show social events really do help build staff morale and job satisfaction.
Tip #7 – Reassess your work and CV
As the year comes to an end, you may feel that you want a new career and a new start in the New Year. Take some time to reassess your work and what you want from life. Have a look around for a new challenge, and get your CV reviewed.
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