We know that the social & political climate we are living in can have damaging effects on our ability to maintain a positive mindset and stay motivated. Still, it turns out that the physical climate can have a negative impact too.
Have you ever noticed your mood shifting according to the weather? How about when it is too hot outside? When it is dark and gloomy outside, you may feel melancholy, or when it’s bright and sunny, optimistic.
According to the American Psychological Association (APA), when heat increases, productivity decreases. A 1% increase in temperature increases the chance of being inactive and unmotivated by 5%.
As we approach the hottest months of the year, here at My Mind Spa, we share simple tips to stay motivated, positive and encouraged this summer season.
Completing small activities can help you stay motivated year-round
Whether it is a few chores around the house or checking an item off your to-do list at work, completing small tasks can help you feel accomplished and empowered. Just a few completed tasks can help avoid feelings of Summer FOMO. When we tune into the needs of our present reality and implement change, this can trigger positive signals in our brain and feelings of accomplishment. Sometimes getting started is the hardest part. Completing just a few small tasks can often give you the energy to continue doing the things you need to get done.
The food you put in your body can have a big impact on your energy levels
If you have noticed yourself feeling agitated after a hot day outside, consider increasing your hydration. With hotter temperatures, this increases the need for physical wellness. When it comes to food, focus on how you feel after eating. Eating foods high in nutrition can physically change your body and mind, giving you more energy and helping you get through the day. Often, your body will immediately feel better after a nutritious meal, which can help you feel good and build better habits.
Listen to Music
Stay motivated with your favorite music
Science has repeatedly shown us that listening to music can significantly affect our moods. Summer playlists are often upbeat, light, and exciting. Be mindful not to indulge in music that can bring painful emotions and make you feel down.
A 2013 study in the Journal of Positive Psychology found that people who listened to upbeat music could improve their moods and boost their happiness in just two weeks.
Maintaining awareness can drive you to be more motivated
One way to fight back is to stay mindful of what you can and cannot control. Pause for a moment, clear your mind and focus on the things that are within your control. The summer is a great time to focus on mid-year goals, pick up a new skill or hobby, or tune into self-care, Don’t waste your energy on things you cannot fight; instead, focus on what can be done and keep moving forward.
There is nothing wrong with being disgruntled. Whether you’re feeling FOMO or just moodiness from walking outside and sweating within seconds, it can be hard not to feel frustrated! So, make sure to be honest with yourself.
Use things you love to inspire you to achieve your daily goals
Whether it is a break from work, lunch at your favorite restaurant, or a phone call with an old friend, make sure to acknowledge the hard work you have put in.
As we work toward our goals during the year’s second half, remember to be kind to yourself, take simple actions to get motivated, and stay focused on what you can control! While we can’t prevent the heatwaves, we can do our best to keep perspective and make the best of our summer!