Literally and metaphorically winters can be dark and hard to deal with especially if you are living in a rainy mind.And this comes from someone who loves rain and darkness. But Seasonal Affective Disorder—or SAD is a very real condition that affects a large number of people.
SAVING THE DAY..
I’m not going to pretend that all days can be saved, realistically,some days are going to be unfixable. And that’s ok, you can’t change the weather,let it rain,bring your rain boots,this too shall pass.
Others can be saved with little actions of self-care and patience.
This is a simple, fun guide to deal with those, fixable days instead of letting the darkness settle in.
There’s a small gland in our brain called the pineal. When the pineal detects darkness it releases melatonin,which is responsible for our sleep cycles. During those long dark days,our bodies are being forced to be awake when the brain thinks it should be asleep,hence the bad mood. It’s all about brain chemistry, not your fault or weakness. Let go of the guilt, and if you live in a very dark part of the world, consider investing in a light box that mimics natural light and boosts your serotonin production.Keep your environment well-lit.
Self explanatory, but I could not leave this one out of the list for obvious reasons. It works,it really does and there are plenty of people out there including mychelf that swear their workout routine has saved the day more than once. If I happen to miss my training session, even on a good day, for some ungodly reason,make sure you keep a healthy distance,’cause I’m not gonna be a good company.
Make your home your happy place.
When it’s too cold and dark to spend time outdoors, make sure your home is nice and cozy, whatever that means to you.
Life feels better when you are looking forward to go home and get comfy. Your space should reflect your taste and tastefully decorated room can be so comforting and relaxing especially during those endless cold nights. Wall art, fresh flowers, soft fabrics and a couple of candles can really make a difference without breaking the bank. Make a nice hot cup of cocoa and give yourself permission to indulge.
Plant a plant!
Spend the weekend getting your hands dirty and your house greener. Plants help reduce stress levels and create a feeling of well-being which is exactly what you need when it gets all dark and windy, weatherwise and mentalwise.
Yes, you may have replaced your heeled sandals with over the knee boots but do not, I repeat do not let yourself go, just because you are hiding in layers of jumpers and pashminas.Do your nails,take a long hot bath, and spend time hydrating your skin,hair and lips to make sure they stay healthy and glowy despite the harsh winter temperatures. Invest in leave-in products for your hair and sleep-in products for your face and lips.Boys, don’t feel left out, you do your thing as well,being well-groomed should not be a seasonal luxury!
And while your face mask is sinking in, why not bake a delicious treat?
Cooking or baking has become a common cure for stress and can be a very relaxing activity, and now there might actually be some science to back that up!There is growing recognition in psychology research that creativity is associated with emotional functioning and baking can be a legit therapeutic tool against seasonal depression.
Organize your bits & pieces!
You don’t even have to go Marie Kondo in a single day. Start small and declutter your junk drawer, organize your desk or a kitchen cabinet or simply your wallet and see how this affects your mood while decreasing the sence of chaos that triggers hidden behavioural issues. Washable craft bags are a great space-saver while offering fast and easy access to your most used everyday items such as remote controls, battery chargers,usb flash drives and cables!
The overall point is to actively draw your mindset towards a more positive direction and use the traditional tools of cognitive psychology to utilize your brains flexibility and train it to make the best out of a dark day- weather wise and mentalwise.
How do you tackle your dark days?
Let’s make this post the starting point of a conversation where we can all share out tips and experiences to help each other out!I’m always here for you on all my social media platforms: Join the chelfdom by subscribing to the blog with your email address on your right, find me on Instagram or Tumblr and make sure we’re friends on FB to keep in touch.
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