One of my husband’s favorite sayings is ‘blah.’ He says this in response to things he doesn’t really want to address and sometimes just to life in general. But I think it can also apply to the feelings felt whenever winter sets in and you just know it will be a while before Spring arrives. (you know what I am talking about.) Outside the weather is dreary and cold. Most of the plants are dormant and you are lucky if you can see any green showing. The holidays are over and the credit card bills and new year’s policy renewals are arriving. What’s more. The new year’s resolutions that once offered hope have fallen by the wayside.
The accompanying feelings of dread and depression truly are a reality for a lot of people this time of the year. The medical community calls it Seasonal Affective Disorder and attribute it in part to lack of sunshine. I believe this is true. I create handcrafts under a natural light and feel it does help. (This type of light provides a substitution for the natural rays of the sun.) But what else can be done? Quite a bit, it turns out.
The following is a list of inspirationsl ideas to help cope with the ‘blahs’ during the winter and throughout the year. Try them out for yourself or create your own list. The possibilities are endless!
* Cultivate gratitude. Start looking at the blessings that already surround you.
* Laugh more often. It is good for the soul.
* Let Mother Nature nurture. Even if it is just growing a houseplant or two or watching the birds feed outside the window.
* Strive for realistic deadlines. Arrange payment schedules you can actually meet with creditors and personal schedules that do not overburden.
* Luxuriate in your senses. Take a scented bubble bath or scent the stale inside air with a scent you love. Force a pot of spring bulbs to bloom and let their perfume fill the air.
* Savor beauty. Inside and out. This includes beauty that exists in freshly fallen snow or the beauty of a kind word or deed to a loved one or stranger.
* Set aside one day a week for rest and renewal. Our ancestors used to keep Sunday as a day of rest. Choose your own day and lounge in your pj’s all day.
* If it’s not delicious, don’t eat it. Food is meant to nourish our bodies and souls. Spend time creating food that is satisfying to both. (You will be amazed how this tip can actually help replace the diet that failed for the new year!)
* Move- walk, dance, run. Find a sport you enjoy.
* Purchase a natural light to help supplement the winter sunshine and make time to sit under it every day.
* Don’t be afraid of your passion. Let this be the year you take the steps to make that dream a reality. Revel in whatever it is that makes your heart sing!
* Stop trying to please everybody and start pleasing yourself. Make 2016 the year you learn how to to honor your own aspirations!
Don’t let the winter blahs get you down. Keep reading The Simple Heart of Life blog for additional inspiration and support. Know in your heart that you are not alone and that Spring IS coming…