As I looked out of my window today, the rain pouring down and grey clouds over the Mendip hills, I started to feel a bit sad about the end of summer. Having been teased by a couple of lovely, sunny days last week, I’m feeling a little cheated by the colder, wet days we’ve had here recently.
I just feel better in the summer. I have more energy and motivation, and I’m not quite so grumpy about getting up in the mornings (still a bit grumpy, but definitely not as much). I also seem to have healthier habits in the summer. I eat more healthily, pamper myself a little more and get much more fresh air. Today, I’ve just wanted to hibernate!
I started thinking about how I can keep that summer feeling going for as long as possible. Relocating to Barbados for the UK winter isn’t really an option (sadly!), but there must be a way to avoid spending the colder months curled up on my sofa dreaming of spring.
The biggest challenge I have during winter is a drop in my energy levels. Whether it’s the shorter days, lack of sunshine or my struggle to not spend the winter eating comfort food, I quite often find it harder to find some get up and go. My energy seems to disappear with the warmer, longer days of summer. It’s only mid-September, and already I’m starting to struggle with this.
Having made progress in my journey to find a healthier and more balanced life over the last few months, I’m determined not to lose motivation over the winter. So today, I’ve been giving a lot of thought to the changes I’ve made to my lifestyle and how I can stay focused as the days continue to draw in over the coming weeks and months.
So how am I going to keep motivated and fight the urge to hide under my duvet as the days get colder? This is my action plan:
- Get out in the daylight every day – rain or shine, I’m determined to get out in the fresh air and daylight each day
- Eat healthily – I definitely have tendency to turn to comfort food in the winter, so I’m going to find some healthy alternatives this year
- Exercise regularly – It’s easy for my motivation to exercise to drop after the summer months. Last winter, I didn’t let the rain, fog or snow stop me from getting outside for a run so I’ll be dusting off my winter kit so that I’m prepared for those winter runs this year
- Ditch the TV – it’s all too easy to spend the dark evenings in front of the TV. This year, I’m determined to spend less time in front of the television and ‘do something less boring instead’ (anyone else remember ‘Why don’t you?’!)
- Get up early – I’m really not a morning person and really struggle to get out of bed when I know it’s cold and dark outside. But I also know that my mornings are so much more stressful when I keep hitting that snooze button and we end up with less time to get ready
- Make plans – I’m going to make sure I have things in the diary to look forward to and to stop me from hibernating the winter away
I know it’s still only September, but I’m determined to start getting this action plan in place now to stay motivated and to hopefully keep me on the path to a healthier and happier winter. If we could just have a few warmer, sunnier days before the summer ends though, that would be appreciated!