Our mood is something we feel and deal with every single day. I wanted to take a few moments today and connect with you on how our mood can affect our motivation and success day to day.
The seasons are shifting for much of the country and depending on where you live in the world, cold weather and dark, dreary days have started to set in. And for many of us, they’re not going anywhere for a while.
It is common for the winter blues to kick in or to not feel your best at times during the colder months. If you’ve ever felt down or slightly depressed especially during these months I want to share with you today, 3 quick mood-booster to keep you motivated.
Mood-Booster #1: Soak In The Sun Rays
Have you started to feel less motivated lately? It’s easy to see how sunlight exposure goes way down for many of us during the fall and winter. If you wake up at 6 or 7 am and get ready, go straight to work, and then work until 5-6pm — the sun is already down again by the time you’re done. There is literally very little opportunity to get sunshine, even if you live in an area where the sun shines during these months.
This is why you may have to get creative about getting your sunshine in. You can try going on a sunrise walk or taking your lunch outside. If going outside isn’t going to happen because it’s too cold, try to position yourself by a window with the blinds open so you can still feel the warmth of the sun on your skin.
I can’t stress enough about creative some time for access to direct sunlight daily will help you to feel more awake and motivated to get your daily tasks done, as little as 10-15 minutes can do the trick!
Mood-Booster #2: Beautiful Movement
Exercise as we know naturally gives your body a boost of dopamine which will perk up your mood and get you going for the day. Of course, we all have heard a million times how important exercise is for our health…but did you know that exercise has been shown to be as effective as using a light therapy box on your mood?  A group of women who exercised (pedaling on a stationary bike from 1-2pm) were found to have fewer seasonal affective disorder-like symptoms and the same results as those who received light therapy — which is pretty darn amazing.
So how should you exercise during this time of year? Exercising outside as the sun rises can do wonders for your mood. Throw on those fleece socks. But if it is too chilly where you are, especially as the winter progresses, and you can’t swing an outside workout, consider a home yoga practice or riding a stationary bike inside your home whenever you can fit it into your schedule. 30-60 minutes should give you most or all of the results found in the study.
In my most recent book which I co-author with Deepak Chopra, Radical Beauty I dedicate a whole chapter to Beautiful Movement and why moving your body is essential to your health, fitness and motivation!
Mood-Booster #3: Meditate Each Morning
Mindful meditation has been shown to decrease feelings of depression, anxiety, and stress.  I find that the benefits of meditation are so much stronger when done first thing in the morning, but if you forget or oversleep, you can still take a few moments later in the day to clear your mind and center yourself.
In a fast, ever-changing world, we can’t control outer circumstances, but we can know that we have a secret haven that is always available for us to retreat to, within ourselves, in our meditation practice. Taking a few moments in your morning can help jump start your day and leave you feeling more awake and energized.
I offer a set of FREE meditations on my site which can help you get into a flow doing mediations if you are not use to this practice. ☺