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Hey Girl, Are you S.A.D.? Ten ways to uplift your mood.

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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 .

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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.

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Yoga is also a great mood elevator. Try doing laughter yoga with friends. Laughter is so infectious that you will laugh your blues away.

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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.

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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
Colors are known to have a great effect on mood. There is a separate branch known as Color Psychology.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

xoxo

Stretch and Breathe your way to Fitness.

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Yes ,it is simple and invigorating. I am a regular with yoga but there are days it is difficult to go through the entire one and a half  hour routine. For those days I have a 15 minute yoga workout that energizes me and is so relaxing.

First and foremost switch off your mobile phone, television and laptop.Instruct household members not to disturb you for at least 20 minutes.

BREATHE RIGHT

We all breathe, but fail to  inhale and exhale fully. In yoga breathing techniques are called  it is called Pranayam.Even if you cant follow the the perfect method , just sit relaxed in a chair, close your eyes and just breathe. Feel the air going in and out of your lings.

Do this for 3- 4 minutes. This replenishes your oxygen levels.

NECK STRETCHES

Our necks and shoulders are in a constant state of strain. Hence it makes sense to do these neck exercises on a daily basis.

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These are deskercises actually i.e. something you can do sitting at your desk also.

To be done for 3 minutes.

LYING DOWN STRETCHES

1) Shavasana or the Corpse Pose.

Lie down still with your eyes closed and inhaling through your nose and  exhaling completely. Feel the body relaxing starting from the toes upwards.

Lie in this [position for 3-4 minutes.

2) Next is spine twisting while lying down supine.

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Do this 5 times each side.

3) Pawanmuktasana or the wind releasing pose.

Known as the wind releasing pose or the Pawanmuktasana. This pose is extremely good for stomach problems. Make sure to press down the bend knees onto your stomach and simultaneously exhale. It helps in reducing belly fat.

4) Bhujangasana or the Cobra Pose

The Cobra Pose helps in strengthening  the back and the spine.

Do 5 repetitions of this.

5) Makrasana or the Crocodile Pose.

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This pose is excellent for the spine. Rest in this position for another 2 – 3 minutes.

Do these exercise for a total of 15 to 20 minutes and see your physical and mental health improve.

So dearies breathe right and stretch for a healthy you.

xoxo

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Fitness and Fashion

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Looking gorgeous is not always about clothes. Yes they are an important part of your whole personality but just imagine what good clothes would do if your health is not up to the mark. No it is not about weight. Here I am talking about physical and mental health. Don’t let beauty be just skin deep.

The thought about fashion and fitness came to my mind after my 12th blog. Especially because I am in my 40’s and I always feel better about myself when I am fit and healthy and I look better too. I have a chronic joint problem and that means I have to regularly work on my fitness. So yoga is an integral part of my life along with daily walks . I also have to ensure I don’t put on weight as that would otherwise put strain on my joints and spine. I also watch what I eat though I never starve myself. The other day one of my colleagues told me that I maintain myself  because of my chronic health problem . Though I was hurt but I realized she was right. I then thought of sharing this thought with you . Don’t let illness be the reason for you to be fit. Make sensible lifestyle choices so that you don’t fall ill, the rest will follow.

 

Yoga can be customized according to your needs. It is a great mood elevator and being a regular ensures glowing skin.

Incorporate exercise into your life and see it rock your life. You will enjoy wearing your fashionable clothes and  will be showered with compliments.

Then your diet! Eat whatever you want but in small portions. Eat frequently , say have about small six meals a day.

Imagine wearing a dress with your love handles showing.

 

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There are a lot of options while dressing that help us hide our unnecessary bulges. I shall discuss that later in a separate blog , but for now include exercise and a healthy diet into your lifestyle. It sure has huge benefits, both mental and physical. Set aside 30 minutes aside in a day for your exercise. While you walk,do gymming or yoga concentrate on the body part you are exercising to get the best results.  Don’t let your mind wander. I have experienced this. When you concentrate the results are better.

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All this combined with a healthy diet will ensure that you have many many years of looking gorgeous.

So enjoy your fitness routine.Have your ”me time”. It surely invigorates you.

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So all you beautiful people out there ,have a blast with fitness and fashion.