Most of us suffer from the odd moody day in the winter. Whether you suffer from seasonal depression or not, you might find that there are days when it’s dark outside, you don’t want to get out of bed, you’ve got loads to do, the weather is awful, you are cold, and everything just seems to go wrong. Sometimes, things just seem easier when the sun is out, and it’s no wonder that many of us find ourselves in need of some quick mood boost on dark winter days, to keep us going, and help us to get those to-do lists checked off.
It’s all too easy to reach for the sugary snacks when we’re tired and feeling a little stressed out or emotional. While the odd treat can be a good thing, do this too often, and your mood will worsen. Think about healthy snacks that you enjoy. Your favorite fruits, crudités and dips, low-fat yogurts, and other treats. Keep some prepared and to hand for when your energy levels are slipping. Our recipe area is filled with delicious healthy ideas, especially for those with a sweet tooth! One of my favorites is Healthy Apple Nachos Supreme!
Power naps can be brilliant. They can boost your energy levels as well as your mood, and often, everything seems better when we feel more alert. Try to keep your power naps short, so that you don’t waste your day or wake up feeling sluggish.
Stress is a big problem for many of us. Unfortunately, we can’t always avoid stressful situations. But, we can practice relaxation techniques that help us to manage and control our stress and banish other negative emotions. Read about relaxation techniques and try some out to find one that works for you. Also check out our post about creating your own happy place sanctuary.
A Few of Your Favorite Things
Sometimes, we just need a little comfort to pick us up when our mood is low. So, make sure that you have some of your favorite things to hand, to cheer you up when you need it. You might grow gorilla cookies to help you to relax and sleep. Or, indulge in your favorite chocolate to make your smile. A glass of wine to reward yourself after a tough day at work. It could be your favorite film, which always makes you laugh or a book that you’ve always loved. You might have a CD that you could keep in the car to get you singing. Whatever your favorite things are, make sure you’ve got some close all of the time.
Exercise is one of the best mood boosts there is. It can boost your confidence and make you feel that you are doing something positive for yourself. But, it also releases chemicals in your brain, which can make you feel better. Try to exercise at least three times a week, but even when you don’t have time for a big workout, a quick walk, or some simple stretches can be effective. In fact, walking is one of the BEST exercises for overall help. I personally own a treadmill for the days I don’t feel like venturing out. Check out how we created an inspiring Treadmill Nook in a small home.
Phone a Friend
Talking to our friends usually makes us feel better. Whether you want to talk through a problem or get advice or support, or you just want to have a chat, share some gossip and spend some time giggling with a friend, ring them when you need to.
Stop Negative Thoughts
This technique is a powerful way to stop negative thoughts. It’s perfect for when our brains go on overdrive and keep us ruminating about stressful things.