For the past month, you’ve left for work in the dark and arrived home after sunset. The winter weather can make for long and sometimes dangerous commutes. Add to that end-of-year deadlines and peak season traffic, and it’s not surprising to feel your motivation for work decreasing. If this sounds familiar, then you’re not alone. Many people feel more tired and irritable than usual during the winter; a condition generally referred to as “the winter blues.”
Finding new and creative ways to boost your morale in the winter is a great way to keep yourself happy and motivated at work. Here are some tips:
1. Get involved in a positive project
Volunteering for something that’s inherently positive like helping produce the company newsletter or organizing the holiday dinner can be a fun, rewarding activity.
2. Be mindful of what you do well
Pay extra attention to your performance, and give yourself mental praise when you’re doing a good job.
3. Embrace the season.
Even though it’s no longer beach season, there’s still lots of fun to be had. Christmas and ringing in the New Year are both opportunities to get excited.
4. Let there be light
When daylight savings comes into effect and the sun starts setting at 4:00PM, you miss out on important natural light exposure. Do what you can to keep blinds open and let in as much natural light as possible throughout the day.
5. Turn some music on
Cheery and upbeat music can improve your mood. Using tools like Spotify to create a shared playlist is a great way to get your colleagues involved in the process and to make your work environment more cheerful.