We have put together some tips to keep you on track:
Welcome To The Dark Side
You wake up when its dark outside, you drive home from work when it’s dark outside – sometimes it can feel like its never-ending. Sticking to a regular schedule is the key to staying focused. You should aim to go to bed around the same time every evening and wake up around the same time every morning to – making sure you get your 8 hours ‘zzz’ in creating optimum productivity.
Make sure you pay attention to the weather forecast – it’s the most obvious tip, but very important. Having to carry around all the accessories you need to keep warm and dry – scarves, hats, gloves and umbrellas can be a real chore, and isn’t necessary all the time. If you know that rain isn’t expected or it’s going to be slightly warmer you can dress appropriately. Similarly, you will be able to face the elements much better if you know it’s going to be freezing temperatures. Everyone fears getting hat hair, but if you want to stay warm and fashionable when outside in winter, a hat is key part of your outfit. You lose 40 to 50 per cent of your body heat through your head, so a hat is essential!
Change Up Your Commute
Are you filled with dread every morning at the thought of your commute? The winter makes it so much worse, right? Trains that are not running on time, too many people in the way, traffic jams and impatient road users – commuting can start your day off in the wrong way. Whilst physically your route cannot change there are ways of making it more enjoyable. If you commute by public transport – this is the best time to lose yourself in a good book, or write those all important lists for the upcoming festivities that then will not eat into your weekend. If you drive or walk, the obvious – listening to music or change it up with a podcast – A good tip is to find 5 people that motivate you and have a different one for each day of the week – Even if you don’t commute, you could still start the day with an activity like this.
Make sure you carry on with your normal routine – if you are an avid gym goer, or a runner – try to continue to follow your usual programme. Staying active will not only keep you fit and healthy, it will also generate heat and keep you warm. If the gym is not your thing, why not take a walk on your lunch break – keeping the blood flowing which is also great for the mind and you will end up being more productive because of it.
In those colder months we tend to want all to those warm wintery meals – soups and casseroles have got to be my ultimate favourite, with whatever you choose to eat – be sure to aim for five portions of fruit and vegetables each day so you’re getting plenty of nutrients and vitamins.
Keep Warm and Stay Dry!
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