It's not uncommon to experience a dip in motivation when the weather drops and the evenings get colder. Believe it or not however, a lack of motivation during winter can be triggered by many other factors including stress, sleep and nutrition - all of which can influence one another. To avoid the winter slug, here are our top Primal tips to help keep you motivated and full of spirit.
1. Have a consistent sleeping pattern
We understand how hard it can be jumping out of bed during the colder months, especially when you're snug as a bug in your duvet. Keeping a regular sleep schedule - even on weekends - however, can help maintain the timing of the body's internal clock and in turn, will help you fall asleep and wake up more easily.
Even if real life stands in the way of achieving the perfect sleep routine, making just a few small changes can improve your sleep dramatically.
If waking up isn't your problem, then try creating a warmer environment to wake up in.
2. Get outdoors
Yes, we know it's cold, but studies have found that getting outside during the colder months not only helps to keep us active and energised, but it's also good for our wellbeing too.
Try getting outside when and where you can. A quick 15-20 minute stroll during your lunch break is ideal - just wrap up warm!
It's hardly a surprise to hear that people's activity levels decline during the winter period, but what if we told you that exercising during winter can massively benefit your health and motivation?
From keeping stress levels down and movement high, exercising during the colder months has more benefits than you'd like to believe. Exercising is the perfect way to stay energised, promote good sleep quality and boost our immune system - all of which are pretty important for staying motivated, right?
4. Make to-do lists
If you've read our wellbeing at work blog post, then you'll already know that we're a big fan of to-do lists.
Creating a to-do list at the beginning of the day, week or month can help you feel more focused and motivated during the winter season. If like many, you often feel overwhelmed by the number of tasks you have to get done, then this is a perfect method for you. We suggest starting with an every day to-do list for work and at home. Arrange tasks by importance and when it comes to completing them, you'll have less of an excuse for not doing it.
5. Meal prep in advance
To stay on top of your nutrition during winter, try meal prepping your dinners and lunches in advance. Sundays are the perfect day to bulk cook recipes ahead of the week. If you need some Primal food inspiration, then grab a copy of our recipe book, Primal Gourmet or head straight to our blog.
Meal prepping is a great form of motivation and once prepared, it's really easy to stay on track with. A healthy body starts with nutrition and if taken care of, your body will thank you for it!
6. Keep your immune system boosted
Did you know that after one single high-stress week, our vitamin and mineral levels can drop by 30-40%? And, with Christmas slowly becoming a stressful holiday season for some (que the holiday shopping and money madness), we understand how important it is to keep our diet in tip-top condition to help support our immune system.
Thankfully, our Primal supplements are here to help you and your loved ones and here are a few we'd recommend for the winter period:
7. Eat well
Eating nourishing foods during winter can be just as hard as exercising. The winter season presents all sorts of temptations from Christmas treats to sweet hot drinks. Still, eating well and nourishing your body with goodness will not only help support your immune system, but it'll help to keep you feeling energised and motivated throughout the day.
To keep your diet interesting, we suggest trying something new each week. From the likes of homemade soups and freshly baked Primal treats, the options are endless! To get you started, why not make a batch of our Primal Pumpkin Curry Soup? Mmm, mmm!