If you are reading this, then it’s safe to assume that you are a driven and motivated woman always on the lookout for ways to improve yourself. While you want to stay at the top of you game, personally and professionally, the cold, dark winter months are enough to weaken anyone’s motivation. Even that of a boss woman. If you need a bit of help to keep going as “like a boss” through the winter season, then you’re on the right blog post!
You’re not alone if you find the winter season harder than any other time of year to keep going strong day after day. Thankfully there are things you can do to care for your health at this time.
Stay motivated with these workplace tips as Christmas approaches and stay social to beat those winter blues away. By the time you have finished reading this piece, you will be raring to go and on your way to being the boss woman you know you are, every season of the year.
Why does Motivation Wane in the Winter Season?
Have you been feeling more negative emotions than normal lately? If so, you may wonder, “What on earth is causing me to feel like this?”
The answer might be a lot simpler than you think it is. Research proves that the winter months are the hardest season for people to stay motivated and maintain a good mood. There are many reasons to explain how the season can affect your mood. One of the main examples is the lack of sunlight. Less sun exposure depletes vitamin levels in the body and makes it much harder for you to stay energized and in good spirits. This is something that is a lot more common than you may have thought so don’t be disheartened as you are not going through it alone.
More important things to keep in mind:
If you suffer significantly when the winter comes around, there could be a possibility you have a condition called Seasonal Affective Disorder or SAD. If you feel that the changes in your mood between the different seasons are very dramatic, then it’s a good idea to seek the help of a mental health professional to get to the bottom of why this might be.
Also, it’s worth getting a jump on your New Year’s resolutions now to save yourself stressing over how to make next year better. Start in autumn to set new goals that have the potential to make January and the months following great ones for you! That’s one less thing for you to worry about in winter, and you’ll start to get the positive impact of the resolutions early.
Taking Care of Your Health
So, now you know why the winter months are often a problem for people and perhaps can now better recognize how this can affect you. Next, you will need to find ways to keep your health – both physical and mental – in check so you can feel like the awesome boss woman you are again.
For example, did you know that exercise can help lift your mood? It can certainly help the body feel great too. Thus, it’s worth taking the time to find out (a) how to exercise in winter, and (b) what to wear to withstand the cold effectively.
How Do You Stay Active in Winter?
There are plenty of ways to stay active in the winter months if you take a look online. But we’ll save you time searching online with two easy ways to make exercise good again this winter:
- Always go out in daylight hours. While this might be difficult to do with less daylight in winter, sunlight is good for you. We said that earlier about the sun. Deciding to exercise on your lunch break at work, for example, means you will run at the best time of the day.
- While getting outside is always great, switching to a gym or community center can help you avoid the cold. You might use a running machine or participate in a class. An added bonus? You can be social when you are workout and maybe even make some new friends.
What Should You Wear When Exercising in Winter?
One of the biggest issues when considering exercising over the winter season is what you are will wear. When you initially step out to go for your run, for example, you will be very cold. While you’ll likely want to reach for warming layers, hold off. That’s because once you start, you might quickly find that you need to strip back down to basics to avoid overheating. The problem with winter is that it presents a near impossible scenario for taking care of your body.
One place to look is Monsta Clothing, where you can find advice on choosing the right clothing for your winter workout sessions. Also helpful is that you can buy the clothing you need on the same website. It’s an all-in-one resource, really.
Still Striving for Greatness as a Boss Woman
As an ambitious boss woman, you need to know how to stay motivated at work. That way you are always ready for the opportunities that could come your way. There are many ideas on how to achieve this state of mind. But to get the ball rolling quickly we want to point out these 3 top tips for you:
Give yourself a break, boss woman. It may sound counter-intuitive but allowing yourself to go for a coffee or take a breather helps refocus the mind.
Constantly remind yourself why you work so hard. Having a motivational quote nearby or a list of goals can help keep you ambitious and hungry for the future.
For every achievement, no matter how small, reward yourself. Even something as simple as going old school and giving yourself a sticker can have a positive effect.
Keeping Yourself in the Loop
The last thing you need to know about being a boss woman this winter season is ways to remain social during the season. After all, it’s at this time of year where it becomes increasingly easy to isolate yourself from friends and family.
Take reading this article as permission to contact a friend or family member. And get out today to go and see them.
14 thoughts on “How to be a Boss Woman this Winter Season”
Another tip for managing the winter blues: try aromatherapy! Essential oils are powerful mood enhancers. There is even research that suggests positive correlation between some essential oils and improving energy levels, mood,concentration and having a better sleep.
Thanks for adding this information on the power of essential oils! Would you be interesting in writing a guest post here about the link between essential oils and energy, as well as other benefits of oils?
Great tips for coping with “seasonal blues,” Christy! I definitely notice a difference in the way I feel as the days grow shorter; it’s harder to feel awake and alert when you’re getting up and it’s still dark. I agree that exercise helps, even just simple stretches can improve move and concentration.
Yes, even this week I’ve noticed feeling a bit “off” with snow falling and being stuck inside. I’m determined to get to the gym today! I hope you’re able to shake the winter blues a bit this weekend xo
This is great insight into why people feel unmotivated during the winter months. Great read!
Thanks Selinka. I hope you have a terrific weekend!
These are really great tips! Something I need to work on although I don’t have 4 Seasons here.
Hi Kally, you’re lucky if winter snow isn’t coming your way as it’s all around us over here right now ;) I hope your weekend is wonderful!
Thank you, Christy. It’s all summer all year round where I live.
Sounds amazing! :)
I just had a brief look at this article and it’s very impressive. Do you work for a printing press as a columnist?
I’m not a columnist. I blog here and freelance writer for clients globally. So, I’m self-employed. Every comment I receive here, such as yours, continues to motivate me, so I thank you :)
Thank you for this list. I always want to hibernate during the winter under a layer of warm blankets. Hopefully I can be more productive during this season.
I hope you do what feels right for you :) Start small with a short activity to ease into it :)