Hi everyone Hope you’ve had a lovely Monday? I’ve been trying to write my ‘why’ of the ‘who, where, what, when, why and how of Seasonal Affective Disorder – SAD’, but it’s a toughy!
So, while I’m doing battle with that meaty issue, I thought I’d pop a quick post on with a few ideas on cheering yourself up if you’re finding these February swings in weather hard. I know how difficult they can be - just as you think it’s time to pack away your winter coats and turn the heating off, you find it’s back to the biting wind and grizzly skies!
Well, first thing’s first – spring is most definitely on its way (really, I promise you, it is! ) But if you’re using a SAD light, do keep using it daily. Even if you’ve been feeling better with the lengthening days, a dull day can make you feel like going back into hibernation! So hold your horses!
OK, so how about these things to put a spring in your step (cue big groan, I know!):
- Get out in your garden or the local park and see all the flowers, trees and shrubs starting to bud. Take your camera and lose yourself for an hour!
- Lie a moment and listen to the birds twittering away in the morning.
- Buy some cheap pre-potted bulbs and put them on a window sill where you’ll see them growing and blooming – daffodils and hyacinths are perfect! Or treat yourself to some cut tulips or daffs…
- Paint your nails a bright, summery colour.
- Dig out that summer top and wear it – put a cardi over the top if you’re cold!
- If you’ve a bit of energy, sew some seeds – anything you like. I’ve just bought a herb propagator kit – about £3 – and I’m looking forward to putting my hands in soil again
- Give yourself some TLC – create a home spa and give your skin a good scrub and moisturise, put a face mask on – anything that makes you feel fab!
- Change to a lighter, summer fragrance, if you normally wear perfume.
These are just some of the little tricks I use to jolly myself along. I know they’re quite superficial things, but they honestly can make a difference to how you feel when you’re caught in the grip of SAD. I recommended the spring bulbs on one of the Lumie forum threads and some of the lovely ladies there are still saying how much seeing the bulbs blossom is helping to cheer them up.
If you give some of these tips a go, let me know how you get on? How’s February been for you? Do you feel better knowing that spring is near, or does it still feel a struggle? Do you have any tips to add?
Happy planting/pampering/photographing, etc!
- Neens -