I've finally come to accept that yes, it is winter; and yes, it will be winter for a while yet. Why would I want to be in denial of that? Well, I don't like the cold. It's uncomfortable. It's dry. And it can suck all my motivation to practise out of the air. So, how do we get on top of a seasonal slump?
I want you to firstly make a note of anything and everything that you've used as an excuse to not start a practise session. Be completely honest with yourself - there's no right or wrong, and certainly no judgement from me! In the last couple of weeks, I've thought:
So it might be time to give yourself a motivation evaluation. Start with the excuses, and see how many you can overcome with some changes. Maybe it's heating your room 30 minutes before you start. Maybe it's making a plan of what you'll practise before you sit down. Maybe it's having a household member help keep you accountable each day. Maybe it's putting a screen time limit on your favourite app. Maybe it's changing the time of day that you sit down to learn - the unbearable heat of the middle of the day in summer means that it's pleasant at the same time in winter.
The other good news: winter is nearly halfway done! The days are getting longer, and I dream of one day wearing shorts again.
Things I've been watching/listening to this week: