It’s still looking a lot like Christmas in many areas of the country, and at The Arland Group’s St. Louis, Mo.-based headquarters, we never quite know what we’re going to get weather-wise. A typical day could include a start of 50 degrees with a 40-temperature drop finished off with a good old-fashioned ice storm. Mix in the fact that the fun holidays are over with only short bouts of sunshine, and winter blues could be setting in.
Even worse, you could be afflicted with Seasonal Affective Disorder, which the Mayo Clinic says is a type of depression that could zap your energy, make you gain weight, cause you to oversleep and make you more agitated or anxious. None of these symptoms are great for productivity in the office or for your overall health and wellbeing. So, what do we do to combat the winter blues in the workplace?
Think and Portray Warm Weather Thoughts
When the crushing wind hits my face and the sun goes down at 4:30 p.m., I think about the sunset at the beach; I break out my cutest hat; and today I even wore a pinker shade of lipstick. They say, “fake it ‘til you make it,” and willing it to be warmer somedays with the power of positive thinking just might work.
Nothing screams productivity like, well, being productive. Use your breaks to take a walk (yes, outside — we swear it will make you feel more alive). See a movie at the theater after work instead of on your couch. And, don’t forget your normal exercise routine. I personally love hot yoga, especially in the winter. It warms your frigid bones, gives you a good stretch from muscles that tense up in the cold and gives you a good ohmmm after a hard day at the office.
Make Your Workspace a Cheery Haven
No one says you have to wait until spring to clean out your desk (or your closets at home for that matter). Buy a perennial plant or a new set of fancy pens to cheer up your day and your workspace. Social Media Specialist Ali Ishman says her answer for a positive workspace is always music. “I live for Spotify’s #TBT playlists and have a sunshine playlist for any other day of the week.”
Take the Vacation
If all the visualization in the world just won’t do it for you, take your vacation days in the winter for that Vitamin D. Vice President of Operations and Client Success Stephanie Silvey says that she always makes time for quality time off. “My husband and I love to take long-weekend getaway trips to go skiing, snowboarding or we go to the beach. I need to have something to look forward to, so always having a quick trip planned or event coming up that allows me to unwind helps keep me productive. It doesn’t have to be an entire week off, but jetting out early on a Friday and heading somewhere new is all the recharge I need sometimes.”