Winter is known for its pacifying and relaxing properties and many find themselves getting far less done during it than in other seasons.
And I am definitely not a winter person.
I really hate the cold.
It affects my mood and my wellbeing in quite a negative way as I don’t feel comfortable with it.
But this year I have set myself the goal to make December a great month.
In most cases, December is a slow month as due to the Christmas days the month ends quicker and people are lazier.
But not me this year!
I am currently having the last days of my full-time internship before fully focusing on my own business with the beginning of 2019 — so I am super motivated to prepare well and make the most of the last days of 2018.
Winter is a season of recovery and preparation. — Paul Theroux
Here’s a list of tips on how to succeed in December
Don’t stay indoors
As the cold hits the streets, it only feels natural to keep to the confines of your home. Spending large amounts of time indoors can be detrimental to your health, however, and breeds bad habits to boot.
There’s plenty of unique outside activities to enjoy in December.
If you give them a chance, you’ll find yourself more active in general, even when it comes to working. Just don’t exhaust yourself — all things in
And if you really don’t want to stay in the cold for too long simply make sure to get outside for some minutes, for a short walk for example.
Breathe some fresh air in and keep on crushing your to-do’s once you are back in your warm place.
“To appreciate the beauty of a snowflake it is necessary to stand out in the cold.” — Aristotle
Prepare your immune system
This is the time of the year when you’re most likely to get ill, be it the cold, the flu or something more obscure.
The cold itself making people ill is a myth, but it does make you more vulnerable to ever-present threats that you’d otherwise shrug off.
Double down on the healthy food, especially fruit, and stay extra warm.
I didn’t take much care of my health during 2018 but now I really try to stay fit as I don’t want to stay in bed for days.
You’ll find that prevention is far easier than recovery, so take care of yourself!
Don’t fall for the resolution trick
It’s become almost tradition to set an unachievable New Year’s resolution.
If this kind of planning motivates you — make your resolution a series of small improvements that’ll make your life just a bit better.
Going for a big change often takes a deep desire and a large amount of time and effort.
Make sure to be realistic with your goals.
Chances are that you won’t need any extra motivation for a change you
want to see, and that’s why the New Year’s resolution is more suited for a series of tiny changes.
Small steps accomplish more than large ones because they’re taken easily.
Winter is a lovely time to enjoy yourself with those you care about.
Many people find themselves with more time than they need, and that time could be spent with none other than you.
Now’s the time to catch up with old friends and do all those activities you never had room for.
By the time you’re done, you’ll be reaffirmed and energized, and you’ll probably make other people’s days more eventful too.
For me, this means especially spending time with my family.
Socializing is proven to keep people motivated, after all.
“Winter is the time for comfort, for good food and warmth, for the touch of a friendly hand and for a talk beside the fire: it is time for home.” — Edith Sitwell
Don’t lose track
Above all else, don’t let yourself forget your goals.
It’s not hard to delay and shift work around during the season that’s all about relaxation and comfort.
Keep a cool mind and remember that every bit of work you do equates to more time for your enjoyment later.
Indeed — December is a fine month to have fun, but it shouldn’t serve as an excuse to slack off. Maintain the right mindset and you’ll thank yourself for not budging later, while others are dealing with piled-up work.
Similar to the last entry — around the New Year, always expect to spend a bit of money for festivities and/or entertainment.
It might not even be your idea, but traditions are quite hard to break, and you might find yourself going along with less frugal activities because of your acquaintances.
My advice: make a little fund over the year for the “New Year’s Emergencies”.
Whether you thoroughly enjoy indulging a bit or find yourself getting pulled along, it never hurts to be ready.
A proper celebration
It’s the time for celebration, and you can find more than just the New Year to celebrate in December.
Make a list of all your successes this year and take a day to congratulate yourself.
Don’t bother with a grand celebration and focus on what makes you happy and comfortable for a day.
My suggestion for this is to go to a nice place and simply enjoy the serene beauty of the snowy season — but that’s just my taste.
Pick out an activity that you truly like and spend a day making up for all the hardships.
Watch your weight
During winter, you’ll spend more time indoors, even if you’re the active type. When you spend more time indoors, you’ll also eat more, and burn through less.
It’s become somewhat of a comedic staple to associate the end of the year with gaining weight, and for good reason.
Of course, You don’t have to dedicate the month to fitness, but try to be aware of how much you consume and compare it to other times of the year.
You can, of course, simply exercise (more) indoors to help maintain a healthy balance. In general, try to think about more than the moment at any time during the month.
“People don’t notice whether it’s winter or summer when they’re happy.” — Anton Chekhov
What are you trying to achieve in December?