It is funny- I always have so much energy in January, I think it has something to do with the newness of it all. I feel fresh and ready to take on the world. However, by February things start to feel a bit stale.
Don’t get me wrong, I am still sticking to my resolutions (check out my How To tips HERE), but in other areas of life I feel just a little lethargic. However, with Chinese New Year’s Celebrations continuing across Asia, I thought it the perfect time to invest in upping the energy and excitement again.
For me, there are 3 fail-safe ways of reenergize that go beyond their immediate scope:
Exercise. I know, this seems like an obvious one, but there is a reason for that: the science behind exercise releasing endorphins which in turn add some pep to your step, is legitimate. So go outside for a walk/jog/run. Too cold? Do sit-ups in your living room or head to the gym. Need a goal? Join some sort of challenge –in the past few days I have seen friends participating in everything from simple squat challenges to weight loss bets with money on the line.
Read A Book. Specifically I am suggesting some sort of non-fiction, self-help, business and/or educational related book. Look for a book that offers motivation and relevant direction that you can put into action now (I’m thinking a historical book on the Franco-Prussian War probably won’t work). Even if the book turns out not to be your perfect match, there is probably at least one lesson you can glean from it so that you walk away with a changed perspective.
Change Your Look. There is something about changing your look that also change your outlook. It can be as simple as buying new lipstick or as drastic as chopping off all your hair and dyeing it some unexpected color. Whatever you decide, changing the way you present yourself often helps you feel new and reenergized in other ways as well.
So go— get out and do something. And don’t let the winter blues (you know, for those of you experiencing winter) get you down.
Do you need to reenergize this February? What do you do when you need a mental pick-me up? Have any of the above suggestions worked for you?