Feeling the winter blues?
Thursday, December 21, 2006
- A change in appetite, especially a craving for sweet or starchy foods
- Weight gain
- A heavy feeling m the arms or legs
- A drop in energy level
- A tendency to oversleep
- Difficulty concentrating
- Increased sensitivity to social rejection
- Avoidance of social situations
- Get out into the daylight as often as possible. If the weather permits, go outdoors at lunchtime when the natural light is at its brightest.
- Add some new decorations to your home or office.
- Organize your living or working space (clearing clutter can be calming for your mind).
- Exercise regularly at least three times a week and pay special attention to your posture. Sitting and standing upright and breathing deeply can make a big difference to your general attitude and feeling of well being.
- Seek the company of upbeat friends and family members who have a positive outlook on life -- they can have a big influence on the quality of your mood.
- Place live flowers with vibrant colors in your living and work space.
- Open the blinds and allow as much daylight into the rooms where you work, play and live.
- Wear fun, brightly colored clothing that cheers you up.
- Light therapy lasting from 15 to 30 minutes per day could also be considered as a treatment approach. These lights should have an ultra-violet block to prevent potential danger to the skin and the eyes.
- Treat yourself to a massage or warm bubble bath.
- Prepare a special meal for your family or significant other.
- Keep a journal to reflect on your emotions or day's activities,
- Call an old friend.
- Plan fun activities outdoors on the weekend or simply take a walk during the middle of the day.
- Read books and enjoy music and movies with an uplifting theme.