Thursday, August 20, 2015

5 Tips to Get Motivated to Write on Cold Winter Days

I used to be so unmotivated to write during the winter months until last winter when I decided to buckle down and make a few changes. Since then, winter has become my most prolific season.

1. Walks

I always talk about the importance of taking a walk. It helps reduce stress, helps with refocusing, and it gets your energy levels up. Incidentally, walking in the winter also helps you burn more calories than walks in the summer because your body has to work hard to keep you warm.

I admit, I don’t take long walks in the winter. A brisk walk around the block is good for getting the creative juices flowing and you will appreciate how warm your home is when you get back inside.

2. Sunlight

Many people suffer in the winter from seasonal affective disorder and depression. To fight it off, you need to get more light. Enjoy the sun through a window on bright winter days and look into purchasing a SAD light therapy box. Dawn simulators can also help battle off the sluggishness of cold winter mornings.

3. Drink Plenty of Liquids

Between the dry winter air and heating, it is easy for your body to become dehydrated. Drink plenty of liquids, including lemon water, during the day. Dehydration can cause you to feel sluggish and confused. You can also get headaches if you are not getting enough liquids.

4. Eat High Quality Snacks

Put away the Skittles for another season. During the winter months, your body will appreciate warm, quality snacks. Make large batches of soup and whenever you feel like snacking, heat up a small bowl for yourself. Cream of wheat and oatmeal is also a filling and warming food that can replace sugary snacks in the wintertime. Also consider eating snacks that are high in proteins, such as eggs, nuts, and protein shakes.

5. Have an Orange

Orange have more in them than just vitamin C, including thiamine, potassium, and fiber. These little balls of orange citrus are power foods and eating just one a day can help you fight off viral infections, lower your cholesterol, and give you a much needed boost of energy.

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