As I was putting away Halloween decorations the other day and getting out just a couple of Thanksgiving decorations, I realized how happy it made me feel to get ready for a new season and a new holiday. I know a lot of women don’t like winter and about 75% of women struggle with blah moods and depression during this time of year. About 19 million even develop seasonal affective disorder (SAD). But it doesn’t have to be you!
Here are some ways to be happy this winter:
- Decorate for the season. Even if you just put out a few things that make you smile when you walk past them. Set out a pretty souvenier from someplace that you went on a wonderful vacation and that reminds you of a happy time.
- If something is bothering you, confide in a good friend. Sometimes all we have to do is get something off our chest without someone necessarily having to fix the problem. Just talk to someone about it and you’ll feel better!
- Get light and sunshine as much as you can. Open all your blinds and curtains first thing in the morning. It does make a difference in helping you feel more energized and happy. Wash the windows. The chore alone will make you feel better and the sun will shine through even more. If it’s dark or a dreary day, turn on some lights. Don’t live in a cave.
- It’s probably getting cold outside so make yourself a cup of ginseng tea. It’s thought to soothe irritability and encourages happy, upbeat feelings.
- If it’s not too cold outside take a walk or open the windows to listen to the calming sounds of nature. This calms the adrenal glands, reducing the stress hormone cortisol. Too cold or no nature sounds where you live? You can buy CD’s of nature sounds. You can get the CD or MP3 of “Pure White Noise in my store here
- How about a banana milkshake? A banana with one cup of milk, add some vanilla and honey, and your winter blues are washed away. The tryptophan in the banana and the calcium in the milk increases our own production of the antidepressant hormone, serotonin. Tastes good, too!
- Use potpourri instead of aerosol room sprays. The chemicals in these sprays could contribute to depression.
It’s thought that our genes influence about 50% of the variation in our happiness, our circumstances affect only about 10%. Almost 40% is determined by our own activities and choices. So our behaviours can make a big difference.
I hope this helps! This can be such a great age in our life and winter doesn’t have to get us down. Sometimes just a simple little thing can brighten your day!
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