Daylight Savings Time has come and gone, and unfortunately for a lot of people, that means getting home after work in the dark. It can be hard to stay motivated when all of your free time, except for the weekends, is after sunset. Full disclosure - I used to really struggle with this! I would get home from the office feeling exhausted. I would change into some comfy clothes and make dinner, and then most of the night was spent being sedentary. If it weren’t for the fact that my dog needed a walk in the evening, I probably would have holed up on the couch every night until bedtime. It took serious effort for me to stay motivated. Maybe you’re experiencing that now. If so, there are a few things you can do to stay focused on your goals, and improve your health, during this transitional time of year:
Get outside during the daylight hours if you can. Soaking up sunlight, even if it is just filtered, can do wonders for your mood and health. Plus, the fresh air can give you a fresh perspective. Even if the weather is less than stellar, a little bit of time outside can give you a bit of a boost.
Keep up your workouts. Not feeling it? Make a pact with yourself to do at least 5 minutes of exercise. Nine times out of ten, once you get started you’ll feel good enough to get your full workout in. Still struggling? Grab a buddy. The peer pressure can be helpful when it comes to sticking to your goals.
Go for a walk after dinner. It may be tempting to fire up the TV for a Netflix marathon after dinner, but don’t underestimate the power of a post-meal walk. If you can bring family members or friends along, even better!
Keep up your social calendar. Make a point to meet up with people who bring you joy. The power of social connections is strong, so don’t let these meetings slip off your calendar. Just don’t overbook yourself!
Just because it is darker outside, doesn’t mean you have to settle in for a long winter of hibernation! Do you struggle with energy this time of year? Set up a free sample phone session with me and let’s talk about it.