For some reason, every year, I fall victim to seasonal affective disorder. It tends to make an appearance around the end of the summer or near the beginning of fall, and seems to disappear as soon as spring rolls back around. It never does fail to showcase its talents annually. Understanding that I am not alone when it comes to SAD, there are many people who go through it, and all of them experience it differently.
So this year I’ve made a promise to not let it consume my days, and have started doing things that lift my spirits and boost my mood, I hope these helpful to a lot of you. Here are 11 different ways that have been working really well for me this season..
- Spend some time with close friends, This seems like a no brainer but you’d be surprised how closed off some of us become once our mood dips, so give your bestie a call or shoot your neighbour a text, company can kill misery.
- Read A Novel, I’ll admit that I am not an avid reader of novels or stories anymore. I used to love to read hours on end as a younger girl but over the years it was a love that was forgotten, a great stress reliever and a habit I promise to pick back up.
- Take a hot bath or shower, We all know how great it feels to step out of a shower, help detox and clear your mind with a steamy bath, light some candles and start to unwind.
- Have A Warm Cup Of Tea, Or Coffee, which ever you prefer. This gives me time to myself, for some reason the routine of making my favourite drink lifts my spirits and calms me down. This is one of my favourites because its so quick, tasty, and there’s something about a warm drink that makes me happy.
- Listen to some music, Music is linked to our emotions and is known to be an extremely effective stress management tool. Slow, quiet, relaxing music can have a tremendously relaxing effect on our mind, body, and soul.
- Get some fresh air, Pretty obvious right? While we all should know that this boosts our serotonin, but sometimes my unwillingness becomes so great I skip out. So after actually kicking myself in the butt and realizing how greatly this benefits me, I always try to squeeze in a few moments to get some air..
- Do some yoga, Let me share some advice for all my readers, this is a life hack. Yoga improves tension, anxiety, depression, anger, hostility, and gives you a jolt of energy. This is a practice that involves you focusing on yourself and you’re well being and has actually changed my life in little amazing ways. Take a look at Yoga With Adriene for great Yoga videos.
- Start colouring, A few weeks ago I came across an article about the benefits of colouring and decided to invest in some mandala books. I started colouring the night I got them and within 15 minutes I already felt more calm, happier, and had an interesting spark of creativity revisit my mind. (For more information on the benefits of colouring visit this site)
- Have a healthy snack, Food is essential to our survival, this we all know, and they are packed with vitamins! Eating a healthy snack that contains all the essential vitamins can change your whole day. Try for snacks packed with Vitamins B6, C, (Avocados, Broccoli) and get in you nuts they’re filled with magnesium!
- Write down your thoughts, I can’t begin to tell you how much this has helped me. Ever since I started blogging, I’ve been writing much more. The freedom of creative expression I have when writing, gives me an outlet I didn’t realize I had such easy access too. Definitely a great way to reduce stress, and a way to help clear your mind.
- Exercise, I know finding the motivation to workout, instead of curling up in your blanket to hibernate, can be difficult during this long cold season. I assure you it’s all for the good. 30 minutes a day of physical activity can reduce anxiety, enhance mood, and release natural chemicals in your mind and body improving overall health.
What are some of your tips to help battle seasonal blues?
Have a great week!
Take a look at my friend who inspired me to share this post with you, her youtube video on Avoiding Winter Blues – BlackGirlNamedBrown