Sad? Blame it on the weather! Yes it is that time of the year when the sunny summer is gradually giving way to autumn. Less sun, shorter days and a nip in the air may dull your spirits. That is what is called the Seasonal Affective Disorder (S.A.D.) Though it may really be severe in some people, most of us just feel the listlessness because of less sun.Of course for us women it may also be because it is that time of the month! But do not let your spirits down. There is a way to get over it. So here are some of my fool proof ways to get over the seasonal blues.
1) Go out in the sun.
Put your sunblock on and step out in the sun. Strangely the indoors become extremely dreary at this time of the year.Take it as a nice opportunity to flaunt those designer shades. Not to mention the Vitamin D you get from venturing out .
2) Do some form of exercise.
Be it a walk in the park, swimming or a nice run around the block. Any form of exercise will make you feel better especially if it is an outdoor activity.Exercise releases the happy hormones called the endorphins which elevate your mood.
Yoga is also a great mood elevator. Try doing laughter yoga with friends. Laughter is so infectious that you will laugh your blues away.
3) Eat right, Eat often.
Chocolate,carbs,bananas,tea,spinach and leafy greens,walnuts, oily fish like salmon and fruits all help in relieving stress and help in alleviating depression.
Make sure you are not consuming processed carbs like pizzas, burgers etc.These cause the blood sugar levels to plummet thus causing cravings.
Have 5-6 small meals a day instead of 3 large ones.
Add to it lots of water and you are good to go.
All these foods maintain your blood sugar levels and keep you happy ,not to mention the added advantage of helping maintain your weight!
4) Wear color.
Colors, like features, follow the changes of the emotions. – Pablo Picasso
Wear Blue for relaxation.Red for romance and Purple for creativity.
So now go girl you have another reason to wear what you want .
5) Wear Red nail paint.
I personally love red nail paint. If your workplace is conservative, at least paint your toe nails red if not your fingers.
6) Get a blow dry.
For me that is the ultimate mood lifter. The lure of a good blow dry is hard to miss. With coiffed hair not much goes into getting ready and you definitely need less makeup.
7) Stay around happy people.
Need I say more?
8) Indulge in some Retail Therapy. (Emotional Shopping)
Hit the stores and the malls with your favorite gal pals….go shopping! But in moderation. You go overboard and you swing right back into depression.
9) Hear good music.
Music is uplifting.For instance I love all Maroon 5 tracks.
10) Watch a funny movie.
The whole exercise of getting ready and going to the movies with your friends is awesome. You get out, you dress up and you see people around having a good time. All this is pretty infectious and makes you come out of the dumps.
That was my list of things I do to make myself happy. What about you gorgeous people out there? I invite more suggestions so that we can have a separate post with all of your ideas and names featuring there. BUCK UP.
Waiting for your inputs.
Be happy always.