Generally speaking the "fight" takes place in the "ring" called our office. We lack motivation, our productivity suffers, and we probably drink excessive amounts of coffee. The best part is that all of this happens in the aftermath of our sleep vs. alarm clock battle.
What's the deal?
If your mood is as grey as it is outside, remember that seasonal depression is very common. In fact, similar to other animals, our bodies really do want to crawl inside of a cave and hybernate!
One theory is that less sunlight during fall and winter leads to our brains making less serotonin, a chemical linked to brain pathways that regulate our mood.
The good news is that you have a play here. You'll have to train your mind, like you train your body.
Proposed workout plan:
#1 - Get as much sunlight as possible.
Standing at the window on a sunny day won't do it. Bundle up, get outside and take a walk around the block.
#2 - Visit the ocean.
Maybe it's not the tropical ocean in your dream vacation, however if you do live further away from the equator like me, the only option is the cold pacific air... and that is just as good.
#3 - Stick to a regular sleep cycle.
Without enough sunlight our brains naturally produce more melatonin, the hormone that regulates your body clock and sleep patterns, which in turn results in the winter time "10x Snooze Button Syndrome".
#4 - Boost that immune system.
Cold and flu season only adds to the winter woes. Stay healthy by taking extra vitamins or suppliments (natural if possible), eating nutrient rich foods, drinking lots of water with/without lemon, and exercise daily.
#5 - "Legs up the wall" or "Viparita Karani" pose*
This yoga pose has endless theraputic benefits including but not limited to:
Lowering blood pressure
Relieving headaches and lower back pain
Helps with digestion
Regulates blood flow
*Sit with your butt as close to the wall as possible, legs extending up the wall, and your head and back resting on the floor with your arms spread out.