Fighting winter fatigue which I have been suffering with in addition to staying motivated has become challening. Especially when the weather is snowy and dreary outside. How can we stop fatigue before it starts and keep our motivation for work, life and family. First understanding how fatigue catches up to us is essential. The top of my list is still processing the pandemic and the after effects it has and continues on. The recovery of COVID going around, and how the energy level begins to shift also known as fatigue after covid. Covid fatigue can make you feel tired, takeway your energy, and your motivation to get things done. Then we move into the holidays for those of us who had a small gatherings with family and friends. Although our gatherings are much smaller the celebrations might feel more exhausting than usual. Soon after December comes with a busy time for shopping and socializing. Before you know it you will feel like you are running on a treadmill incline until you run out of steam.
Fatigue definition is overtired, with low energy and a strong desire to sleep that interferes with normal daily activities. The most common fatigue causes are lifestyle due to lack of sleep, lack of exercise, and work stress. Which leads many of us to become less motivated to complete everyday tasks. The questions becomes how do we fight fatigue and stay motivated? Here are a few tips on how to combat fatigue and stay motivated.
- Eating a healthy diet
- Getting more rest
- Drink plenty of water
- Light therapy lamps
- Vitamin D
- Plan and proritize each day each morning or night with a list of things you want to accomplish for the day. This will help you with being realistic about what you are able to accomplish during the day. Prioritize list from what is important to tackle those items first. Lastly, at the end of the day take a look at what you have accomplished and pat yourself on the back for a job well done. Motivation starts with our mental state of mind, and having the willpower to do it.
- Take A Break – Taking a break from the world and unplug from mass media. There are many benefits from unplugging from the world for a mental health break. See more helpful tips on Taking Time To Disconnect From Social Media https://owntheday.org/2021/04/23/taking-time-to-disconnect-from-social-media-for-self-care/
Regardless of the weather it is still important to focus on your goals. Having a purpose usually brings a sense of fulfillment. Purpose will motivate you to think about what is important you. So, take advantage of the winter season to act on those things that you want to do for yourself, and continue to stay encouraged and motivated.