The days are shorter, and the weather is getting colder, so it can be hard to stay positive. Motivation becomes harder and harder to come by, especially when it comes to maintaining a wellness routine. Combatting these seasonal mood changes with a balanced lifestyle can help maintain a positive outlook in all aspects of your life. Seasonal affective disorder, more commonly known as “seasonal depression,” and its symptoms are most likely to appear at their worst in November and remain throughout the winter months. To combat seasonal mood changes try these 4 tips:

Stay Active

While the increased hours of darkness may seem to inhibit your access to exercise, there are simple solutions. Just remember, when training outdoors in the dark, you want to make sure you can see and be seen. Reflective clothing, bright colours, and lights are all good ways to ensure your own safety, while enabling you to get your outdoor workout in. Not a fan of braving the cold? Try an indoor fitness class! Check out BPM Fitness Centre’s class schedule here to find a class that fits you. If classes aren’t your jam, you might benefit from working one-on-one with a BPM Personal Trainer.

Eat Well

Eat a nutrient-filled, healthy dinner. The evenings can be the hardest time of day. We’ve all been there, it gets dark and cold, and the last thing you want to do is leave your house to do a workout. Eating a nutrient-rich, well-balanced dinner is a great way to boost your energy and motivation, as well as help your body recover and feel good. Try including a good source of protein, and at least one leafy green vegetable in your meal. Need a custom meal plan to suit your needs? Check-out BPM’s online shop to get one tailored just for you


Make plans in the evenings. Seeing friends or loved ones is important for everyone’s well-being. Even though it gets dark sooner, making plans in the evening is still very doable. Meet up with some friends at a local pub, at the gym, or invite them over for a game night!

Take Time for Yourself

Be it taking up a new hobby, keeping a journal, or meditating finding time for yourself each day can help increase your productivity and improve your wellbeing. Reflect on your day, listen to some music, or bake a new recipe.

The Bottom Line

The bottom line is to prioritize yourself this winter. Maintain a healthy, balanced lifestyle to help increase your energy and positivity. Remember, while the dark and cold weather are things you cannot control, maintaining a routine and keeping healthy habits are things you can control.