Saturday, October 29, 2016
how to deal with changing weather.
It's amazing. The weather can have a serious impact on our mood and overall well being. Fall is in full swing now....and since its return, I have been irritable and exhausted. Quite frankly? I am sick of it. There is a reason this happens. It is called Seasonal Affective Disorder (or SAD). This is where changes in season zap your energy and make you feel moody. This commonly occurs during the autumn and winter months, thanks to the dreary weather and lack of light.
If you have been feeling down lately (or just downright pooped), know that you are not alone. There are many people dealing with Seasonal Affective Disorder in varying degrees. The key is to find a way to deal with it effectively. Here are a few tips to keep you sharp, focused, and happy all season long......
Give Yourself Something To Look Forward To. One of the easiest ways to combat weather-related blues is to re-focus your energy. Instead of dwelling on the fact that it is rainy and grey outside, look ahead. Think about something in the near future that excites you. Then focus your attention on whatever that may be. Perhaps it is an upcoming vacation, a concert, or a dinner with old friends. Whatever that is for you ...think about it. Plan what you'll wear, what you will do, and think about the people you will see. Focus on the good things that await and your rainy day blues will melt away.
Add a Bit of Colour To Your World. When I look out my window and see an endless sea of grey....it makes me feel...blah. Down, dreary, and disappointed. That is why it is important to infuse your world with colour. Make your space bright, bold, and full of life. There are many ways to go about this. Try adding a fun throw pillow or two to your living room couch (in colours like yellow or orange to remind you of the sun) or paint your nails in a lively shade. That small reminder that there is colour and vibrancy all around you can instantly elevate your mood. Give it a try. You'll be amazed at how quickly and easily it works.
Talk (Or Write) It Out. Sometimes, when you're experiencing the symptoms of SAD (or just feel a little blue) you become trapped in a negative mindset. Counteract that by talking it out. Call a close family member, text your best friend, or journal for a little while. Just taking or writing about things can make a huge difference. Even though it won't necessarily offer you a solution....it can actually put things into perspective, improve your mood, and make you feel less alone. Remember, the people in your life are there for you. Even on those rainy fall days.
How do you deal with rainy day blues? Share your tips!