Here in little old England, it’s that beautiful time of year where the clocks have gone forward and we’ve gained an hour in bed (hoorah!) However we are now left to deal with the cold dark nights that come with it. Winter appears to have landed on our doorsteps and like every year, I struggle not to fall into my very own hibernation. With dark mornings, shorter days and sitting in an office all day, wilfully watching out the window as the sun appears and disappears, it’s hard to stick to goals and stay motivated. Have no fear, though, Soph is here with a few tips to get you by:

1. Seize the day! Incredibly cliche (I know) but it definitely helps, trust me! We’ve all had those days or months of waking up at 12 and before you know it, it’s 4pm and pitch black. It feels as if the whole day has disappeared and you haven’t achieved anything (which is always a hideous feeling). So despite risking sounding like your mother, get up at a sensible time with goals for the day in mind, open those curtains, have a mighty stretch and feed your body. A good start to the day is vital to productivity.

2. EXERCISE! Believe me when I say I rarely feel like exercising when in need of a little positivity. In fact it’s the last thing on my list, lost waaaay under eating my feelings and binge watching a Netflix series. But believe me also when I say it helps. so. much! There’s a whole bunch of science and endorphins behind it which I won’t attempt to explain but you will feel the difference yourself. What’s also great is it doesn’t have to be an entire gym workout or marathon run; even taking 20 minutes out of your day to go for a walk or jump on a bicycle will get you breathing in some much needed fresh air.

3. Tidy Space, Tidy Mind. Sometimes life can throw a whole bunch of rubbish at us and it all gets a bit much. At times like these (if you’re anything like me) you’ll find it a whole lot harder to stay motivated and get stuff done and a whole bunch easier to mope around and wallow in your own misery…and sometimes that’s okay. These are my favourite times to put the effort into pampering myself: run a bath, get some fresh sheets on your bed, gather up a load of laundry, get into some fresh pjs and put some time into something you really enjoy doing. This is a great way of achieving stuff and being productive whilst also looking after yourself (the last bit is V important)

What are your tips for staying positive? Let me know in the comments!

Sophie x


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