Hey, how are ya?
I hope that you are off to a great New Year and attacking your New Year’s resolutions head-on. Getting stronger, making the Dean’s List at Emerson College—where I am now seeking my Master’s Degree—and being open-minded about trying new things are all at the top of my resolution list for 2018. As pumped as I am about all that lies ahead this year, I must admit, I find it hard to beat the blues of the winter. Right now we are in the middle of a snowstorm in Massachusett and are suffering through below-zero wind chill temps.
Plain and simple—the cold, snow, and darkness are just unbearable. Spring seems like light years away and we’re left with this awkward time with nothing really to look forward to. As the thrills from Halloween through New Years are now over.
Personally, this is when I need to fight the hardest to maintain a positive attitude while keeping my negative thoughts to a minimum. Our bodies suffer when our minds are not in a good place. I have to be especially careful to keep that connection—the mind and body as one—at a premium, or else I can be susceptible to much more than I want to deal with.
If you are feeling like I am during this winter season, here are a few things that I do to power through the winter blues:
1. Remind myself that I am not in control. Although the cold is brutal, I accept that I have no control over the weather. Hating winter in Massachusetts will do me as much good as hating the fact that the New York Yankees have added Giancarlo Stanton (Reigning NL MVP) to their already stacked lineup.
2. Get a little spiritual. I repeat to myself daily, “This will be all over soon.” For some reason, this proverb, when said over and over, puts my mind at ease. It may be corny, but it’s one of the most logical and true things I’ve ever read. Everything eventually ends, while new and better things begin.
3. If you can’t beat it, join it. I hate the winter. I hate the cold. But there is nothing that I can do to stop it. So instead of whining and moaning the whole time, I am choosing to embrace it from now on… and who knows, maybe there is something special during this time of year that I’ve unknowingly been missing.
With these three reminders, I will be able to overcome this dreaded time of year and accomplish my objectives for 2018. I hope that these tips have helped, and I encourage you to take the time to find the right approach that works best for you so that you can embrace the winter blues and achieve your New Year’s Resolutions.
Attitude is everything
One Love, Joey