Well, here we go again!

Bring on winter.

If you aren’t a regular on the slopes or at the ice rink, the struggle to find something to get excited about during the winter can be challenging.

You know that every time it snows, it’s now going to take you an extra 10-15 minutes to get dressed up and drive anywhere you want to go.

It’s been known that some people struggle with Seasonal Affective Disorder, and as a result need to work even harder to fight off the symptoms.

Depression, fatigue, difficulty thinking, sleeping in, and staying in bed are all ways that we struggle to stay motivated during the winter.

As I reflect back on some of the lessons I have learned and what you may be up against in the coming months, here are five ways to help you stay positive during COVID this winter…

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Last week I was delivering a workshop on Olympic Principles That Drive Influential Leadership.

The session was specifically focused on how we can apply The Hero Mindset to become a hero to ourselves, each other, and the organization in the area of mental health and wellbeing.

During the session, we had many discussions where leaders shared insights about where they may be getting in their own way towards their own wellbeing, and how that affects the rest of their team and the organization.

One comment that really stood out for me was when one leader mentioned…

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Last weekend I was at Road Hockey to Conquer Cancer (RHTCC) running an activation for the Sledge Hockey Experience.

Setting up the day before was nasty. It was raining. The wind was blowing. Tents were literally starting to pull out of the ground.

The life of an event planner isn’t easy!

Especially given that nearly the entire event industry was demolished because of the pandemic. Event planners have been forced to develop a tremendous amount of resilience.

While I was at the event, both with the event planners from Mosaic, the RHTCC staff, and the participants, it was evident that there was a common theme that we all had throughout the weekend…

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Recently, I asked subscribers of my newsletter the question “What do you need help with right now?”.

I received several responses that often revolved around the topic of change, but this comment particularly stood out for me:

“A challenging thing for me lately has been “patience with change and accepting change.” The last month was full of changes and challenges. I am not sure if it was COVID or returning to work, but my anxiety continues to be elevated, my workload seems large, and I have been finding it hard to get into a rhythm.”

If you can relate…

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“Until you understand why you are holding onto something, you won’t know why to let it go.”

This was something I heard recently from David Neagle that helped me take my own thinking around helping people with their mindset as they aim to set boundaries and avoid burnout.

I was in a session when I was asked “How do I prioritize, not burn out, and not disappoint when there’s not enough time and everything seems like a priority?”.

A question that I like to go to first is “What do you need to let go of? What are you holding on to that does not serve you?”.

But David’s question made me think differently.

He said to ask “What must change?”…

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