Event Planner Smarts: 15 Tips for Boosting Your Energy in Winter

winter...and beating the winter blahs! During the winter the temptation is to stay indoors as much as possible. After many weeks without a lot of sunlight or time outdoors, it's not unusual to experience a dip in energy and enthusiasm. It's quite predictable. For event planners, even if January was quiet, it's important to re-charge your batteries and prepare for the projects ahead. Here are 15 quick tips to boost your energy.

  1. Go for regular walks during the sunniest time of the day. It's the lack of sunlight more than anything that contributes to "cabin fever." Walking in a greenhouse or indoor rainforest, garden or winter garden will also do the trick.
  2. Light TherapyHead back to the gym.
  3. Try a winter activity even if it's just once. Take your pick from dogsledding, snowmobiling, ice skating, snow shoeing, cross-country skiing, and skiing. Be sure to follow the Cvent Event Blog's tips for staying warm at winter events.
  4. If you're experiencing Seasonal Affective Disorder (S.A.D.S) and not just a dip in energy and enthusiasm, invest in a Full Spectrum light therapy lamp or lightbox.
  5. Eat plenty of vegetables and fruits, especially citrus.
  6. Play music in the background when you work from your home office. Music is a proven energy booster.
  7. Take a short course or workshop to spark your creativity. Pick something fun that you've always wanted to try. Whether it's photography, drawing, an improv workshop, or acting, it will get your creative juices flowing.
  8. Go to a tradeshow or conference.
  9. Take in  a film festival. Invest in a pass that will give you access to the industry panels and receptions to mix, mingle, and get inspired.
  10. If possible, get away to a sun destination for at least a week. Looking for ideas? The Cvent Event Blog regularly featuring sun destinations and venues in the sunbelt on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.
  11. Spend a weekend or week with family and friends in your hometown.
  12. If you can't get away, take a day trip. I visited Niagara Falls and Niagara-on-the-Lake just before Christmas. (This inspired my New Year's Eve in Niagara Falls blog post.)
  13. Take advantage of local, seasonal, and culinary events. For example, every year, to encourage residents and visitors to go out instead of hibernating, Toronto has Winterlicious featuring special prix fixe menus from the end of January to mid February.
  14. Treat yourself to time at a day spa or spring for a one or two day get-away at a local spa.
  15. If you're not getting enough rest, go for a sleep study. Some insurance plans cover them.

Photo Credit: Winter Team Building, Executive Oasis International, sad-lighthire

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