By Sarah Kinsler and Mary Ellen Miller
Now that we’ve all moved our clocks ahead an hour and we’re enjoying the long evening hours, Spring is on it’s way. We think we can speak for everyone who’s endured a harsh winter and say “Bring on the warm weather.” Here are a few tips to say goodbye to the wintertime blues:
1. Read a Good Book
Leadership guru John Maxwell says, “You are most like the books you read and people you associate with.” Head to your local bookstore and find a hidden treasure. Instead of reading or watching negative news before bed, indulge in something positive.
2. Try Something New
What better way to inspire yourself than stepping out of your comfort zone and trying something new? You just might discover a new hidden talent. Skydiving perhaps? Find yourself in the car a lot? Listen to more audio books.
3. Get Outside
The cold weather has kept us inside all winter. Take advantage of this sunshine and go on a picnic, hike a local trail or invite a long lost neighbor to go for a walk. Everyone benefits from vitamin D!
4. Say “Bye” to Negatives
Think happy, be happy. By eliminating the negative aspects in your life, you will find it easier to simply enjoy. This means everything from your thoughts to gossip to the friends you choose. Surround yourself with positive energy.
5. Set a Goal
January isn’t the only time for setting goals. Spring is the perfect time to review your 2014 strategic plan, correct course if needed, cross off the action items you’ve taken and maybe add a few goals if needed.
6. Spruce Up Your House (whether you plan to sell or not)
Check out MarketingMel’s client, award winning Buffalo Realtor Kim Addelman’s “Prepping for the Spring Marketing” Home Staging Tips on the StagedHomes.com blog. (We helped Kim land this great blog post and can do the same for your business!)
7. Keep Hydrated and Exercise Each Day
Now’s the time to get outside and ride a bike or go for a run. Remember to drink plenty of water (we’re even giving up some of our Diet Cokes in favor of H2O!)
Sarah Kinsler is a 2012 Public Relations graduate of ETSU. She loves vine, instagram, Pinterest and Diet Coke. She is an associate with MarketingMel. Mary Ellen Miller is the Founder and president of MarketingMel, an award winning public relations firm serving business professionals.
Love these ideas. Especially the “get outside” and “drink more water” ones. I do get outside a lot since I winter in Florida and I always need to drink more water. Thanks!
Great ideas. I especially like encouraging people to get outside. At this point we’ve probably all be cooped up just a little too long.
What a great article to celebrate my favorite time of the year. Extra light now to implement these tips and wintertime blues be gone…
Haha yes Jessica I know you love the longer days too!
Great tips! Love the get outside and get some exercise tip!
For my clients who are prone to the winter blues I suggest a full spectrum lamp, plenty of grass-fed red meat, tryptophan and vitamin D leading up to winter – this prevents them from getting it in the first place.
Yes Seasonal Affective Disorder is very real. Several people close to me have it and really need light!
Wonderful tips, Mel! I’m looking forward to spending more time outside!
Yes Tiffany I think we all are looking forward to getting outside more after this long winter!
These are all super ways to move winter blues out of your system!
Great reminders to help get some spring back in our step, just in time for spring 🙂 Thanks!
Thanks Jennifer. Glad you found these tips useful.