Beat The Winter Blues

We all have those days when the grey thoughts cloud our minds and all we want to do is be alone and curl into a tiny ball. Well, here’s my 6 step plan to beating these gloomy days.

Get up and dress up

Even if you work from home or have no plans to leave the house, make a concerted effort to dress up as if you had guests arriving at your house any minute. If you’re the kind of person who wouldn’t want your guests to see you in your PJs or with no makeup on, then do the same for yourself. After all, you are the person you spend most of your time with, so make an effort and be kind to yourself.

Play your favourite music

Music is such a powerful tool. In movies and series, in shopping malls, at product launches and at parties, they use music every day to manipulate our moods. So why not use it for your own benefit? Play your favourite tunes and play them loud! Sing along and dance if you want to! Music naturally increases our dopamine neurochemical (the happy/feel good stuff we love so much).

Cook up a storm

Get yourself into that kitchen and cook up a storm! Cooking also releases our feel good hormone. It gives (most of) us pleasure as well as a sense of accomplishment … not to mention all those delicious tastes and smells that actually start to rewire our brains into feeling good.

Drink herbal tea (seriously)

If your mind is racing a thousand miles, then it’s time sit back and let your mind relax. Valerian and Melissa (lemon balm) teas are natural remedies that calm the nerves and treat anxiety. Make yourself a cup of hot herbal tea, let it brew for at least 10 minutes and sip on it while consciously allowing each thought to evaporate into the fragrant steam, one at a time.

Call your BFF

Pick up the phone. Ask her to come over for a soul food chat. She probably knows you better than anyone else and will know just the right thing to say. And if you really don’t feel up to chatting at all, text her. Her charms are not immune on WhatsApp.

Laugh!

Laughter truly is the best medicine, so watch a comedy or Google funny YouTube clips. Even if you’re not really in the mood, do it! After 5 minutes of watching light-hearted content, your mood will start to change.

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If you have a persistent feeling of sadness or loss of interest, if you experience a change in your behaviour or sleep patterns, appetite, energy levels, daily routines, self-esteem, or have thoughts of suicide, please seek professional help.

Edited with permission for What She Said from Karolina Sky.

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