How to Survive the “Winter Blues” as a CEO


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Hello, friends. And welcome back to another episode on the Wedding CEO podcast. I am excited too. I’m always excited. Aren’t I? I say that with every episode, but I am excited. I love podcasts. The point being is this episode is going to be about how to just survive. This episode is going to be about how to survive seasonal depression as an entrepreneur.

The Impact of Seasonal Depression
The onset of winter brings shorter days and longer nights, which can take a toll on our mental health. For those of us living in the Midwest or similar regions, we are well aware of how the early sunset can affect our mood. It’s not uncommon to feel a sense of fatigue or a lack of motivation when the sun sets as early as 4 p.m. In the winter blues, it’s important to find strategies to keep ourselves energized and motivated.

Move Your Body
One effective way to combat seasonal depression is to prioritize physical activity. The icy conditions and cold weather may discourage us from venturing outdoors, but there are alternatives to staying active. Investing in a walking pad or treadmill can make indoor exercise enjoyable and convenient. I found great joy in using a walking pad with a rising desk, allowing me to work and stay active simultaneously. By incorporating movement into your daily routine, you can boost your mood and increase your energy levels.

The Power of Journaling
Another helpful practice to alleviate the winter blues is journaling. Taking a few moments each day to put pen to paper can be incredibly therapeutic. Whether it’s free writing your thoughts, expressing gratitude, or setting intentions for the day, journaling helps clear the mind and create a sense of clarity. I found the “morning pages” technique to be especially effective. This involves writing down your thoughts, even if they initially seem trivial. Over time, this practice allows your ideas and emotions to flow freely, leaving you with a sense of mental clarity.

Making Time for Yourself and Others
As a CEO, it’s easy to get consumed by work and neglect our relationships. However, during the winter months, when we crave connection and community, it’s essential to prioritize quality time with loved ones. Set boundaries and make time for yourself and others. Take the opportunity to catch up with friends, check in with your parents, or simply have a moment of self-reflection. By nurturing these relationships, we can experience a sense of fulfillment and build a support system that sustains us during challenging times.

Embracing Balance and Hobbies
Work-life balance is crucial for overall well-being, and the winter season is the perfect time to discover new hobbies and interests. As entrepreneurs, we often become consumed by our work, but finding activities outside of work can bring fulfillment and joy. From reading books to immersing ourselves in creative pursuits, these endeavors provide a much-needed break from the demands of our professional lives. Embrace the soft life and prioritize activities that bring you happiness and rejuvenation.

Ending Thoughts:
Surviving the “winter blues” as a CEO is possible with the right strategies in place. By prioritizing physical activity, incorporating journaling into our routine, making time for loved ones, and embracing balance through hobbies, we can navigate the winter months with resilience and happiness. Remember, while work is important, it’s the people and experiences that truly enrich our lives. So, let’s embrace the winter season as an opportunity to slow down, connect, and prioritize self-care.

I hope these tips help you survive and thrive during the colder months. Stay tuned for more episodes on the Wedding CEO podcast, where we explore the intersection of entrepreneurship and personal well-being.