“If it is a good morning, which I doubt.” – Eeyore
I’m stirring from sleep and that wretched noise my phone makes to get me up is offensively louder than usual, my eyelids are heavy but I can already tell, ….. it’s cold, It’s grey and it’s wet.
Making the transition from summer to winter, in a single bounce and stumble I have gone from Tigger to Eeyore. Woe is me the sky is falling.
I am that person, the one would quite happily stay under the covers in my cave from the beginning of May ‘til the end of September. Sadly, hibernation is not an option. I have bills to pay, people to who rely on me and a job I want to keep, I love my job during the less wintery months.
My Eeyore winter tendencies have taught me a few tricks about staying positive and motivated during those dull grey months which seem inexplicably devoid of public holidays.
“When you see someone putting on his Big Boots, you can be pretty sure that an Adventure is going to happen.” – Winnie the Pooh
Having light at the end of the long winter tunnel makes a huge difference and counting down to a break gives me the incentive to keep on trucking at my winter best. Whenever that overwhelming bad weather feeling starts to get me, I know it’s time to a get out of dreary town. A week somewhere sunny, a couple of days in the snow, a walk with the dogs on the beach or cosied next to a fire with a giant glass of mulled wine and a decent view are on my mental list of stir crazy busting activities.
“Sure is a cheerful colour, guess I’ll have to get used to it” – Eeyore
The daily chore of getting ready for work, previously, had me dressing in black for my melancholy mood. I, now, purposely look to add colour. I have a vibrant selection of scarves, knitwear, and boots. Wearing or surrounding myself with colour lifts my spirits and energises me.
Much like colour, light also impacts on my ability to behave like a functioning human being. The last two winters I drove to work in the dark, sat in a dimly lit cell (it felt like a cell) without any natural light, then drove home in the dark. Some days it made me incapable of doing much but staring at grey walls and yawning a lot. Eventually I found, if I scheduled off-site meetings mid -morning or went for a walk outside during breaks the privilege of exposure to natural light made me a much better colleague.
“A bear, however hard he tries, grows tubby without exercise.” – Winnie the Pooh
To be fair, I gave up on caring about tubby when I discovered that wine and food were a much better fit than my what was in my wardrobe. I am by no means a gym junkie but I do know the value of getting at least 20 mins of exercise each day to get the endorphins cranking. It actually just makes me a better person, suddenly I can smile, string a coherent sentence together and be productive and capable at work again.
“It’s snowing still,” said Eeyore gloomily. “So it is.”And freezing. “Is it?”
“Yes,” said Eeyore. “However,” he said, brightening up a little, “we haven’t had an earthquake lately.” – If all else fails remember there is always a silver lining.
This article was written by Harvest Career Specialist, Tanya Derrett-Houghton. If you’re considering a career change or looking for guidance on your job search, why not call Harvest HQ on 1300 363 128 to book in a session with Tanya today!