Monday Motivation: Fighting the February Blahs


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February blah blah

The northeast
US has been spared a brutal winter. In fact, dare I say that we got lucky
knowing that the Ides of March are nearly upon us? Hold that thought. This is Monday
motivation after all and we’re going to be optimistic about what’s ahead.

motivation recognizes that some people were not so lucky with respect to cold
temps, sleet and snow conditions. Others? I’m looking at you, Florida and
California … you’re lucky all year ‘round! That said, I can see the daffodil sprouts
poking their way through the soil so all is not lost for those of us in the
Greater NYC area.

For most of
us, February is a particularly challenging month. Despite its brevity relative
to the other months of the year (even with a Leap Year, it’s still shorter), it
seems to negatively impact a significant portion of the population. Typically,
we vacation somewhere warm and fabulous like Aruba or Hawaii, but, given an
assortment of reasons, we didn’t take a winter break this year. So, we had to
find other ways to beat the February blahs.

The February factor

BuzzFeed categorizes
it as a “garbage
.” Americans consistently rank February as their least
favorite month
of the year, according to the Wall Street Journal. Why?
By this time of year, the holiday high has faded into the recesses of our
memories, we’ve likely already gone off-course from our New Year’s Resolutions
and many of us are challenged with bills left over from excessive spending plus
gift-giving the month before.

The Week cites the dreaded and depressing Valentine’s
Day holiday as one of the
negative February factors
. It’s probably no surprise that our “Monday
Motivation Tips to Survive Valentine’s Day
” column was one of the most
popular articles since the month began. Personally, I look forward to the
Groundhog Day tradition. I was absolutely beside myself in hysterics at the
brilliant Superbowl ad
this year which featured the incomparable Bill Murray in a reprise of arguably
his most famous role.  

Tips to battle the blahs

Whether it’s the February blahs or any other blahs that you’re
battling right now, take a close look at these Monday motivation tips. There’s
no need to be blue all the time. With a little daily work, you can overcome
those blahs and find joy in your day again.

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Monday Motivation #1 – laugh the blahs away

They do say
that “laughter is the best medicine.” It works! Moments ago, I watched the Jeep
Groundhog Day Superbowl ad again for the zillionth time and it still brings me
to happy tears. Every. Single. Time.

Monday Motivation #2 – boost your Vitamin D levels

We all know that the amount of sunshine we get correlates with our Vitamin D levels. In fact, many loosely refer to it as “the sunshine vitamin.” If you don’t have a porch or balcony to let you even briefly bask in the sun’s warmth and glow, then consider a supplement. Not only will you sleep better, but you’ll feel brighter, too. Talk about Monday motivation!

Monday Motivation #3 – increase your exposure to natural light

The magazine,
RealSimple, highlighted numerous
ways to beat the blues
in their September 2019 issue. Exercise is a panacea
for just about everything that ails you, but, for many, it’s hard enough to get
out of bed let alone find the Monday motivation (or any day of the week
motivation) to exercise. So, we’ll leave that tip aside for right now. Instead,
we’re going to suggest increasing your exposure to natural light. Get outside
if you can. If that option is unavailable to you, open all your blinds and
curtains. Let the light in!

motivation is here for you every day of the week. Whether you need to kick
start your week with a boost or you’re seeking tips for whatever is holding you
back, just reach out. Have a wonderful week! After all, it’s the last week of
February …

Image by Jerzy
 from Pixabay 


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