Unless you’re an avid skier, snowboarding enthusiast, or just love bundling up to even get the mail, winter can feel bleak and depressing at times. Here are some simple things you can do to lift your spirits and make you feel great! Try at least one …
Yes! Meditation helps you focus on your breath and keep your mind free of thoughts. When a thought, a worry makes their way into your mind, you learn how to dismiss it, and to refocus on a word, a few words, something that you connect with, and that will clear your mind and make you feel calmer throughout your day. You’ll be able to accept things – including winter!
Bring Nature Inside
Having a plant in your environment or even photos, artwork of nature can make you feel less anxious or stressed. If you can get outdoors and take a short work you’ll find your mood boosted and even reports of lowered blood pressure, heart rate and muscle tension.
Nothing strenuous needed! Just a short walk can make you feel great and alive! If you regularly exercise, at least a few times a week, you may find your mood elevated and less anxious.
Even in the bleakness of winter, you can enjoy a relaxing and yet invigorating massage to lift your spirits. With many spas offering specials, or requesting a half-hour massage (which will still give you the same benefits) it’s very affordable. Studies of the benefits of massage demonstrate that it is an effective treatment for reducing stress, pain and muscle tension.
Change Your Thoughts
Nothing stays the same! Soon spring will be here and there’s nothing like pops of color from the first crocus flower bursting out of the cold ground or seeing the green buds on a tree to lift your spirits! It’s coming! Try to remember, each day, that life with all its ups and downs, is still something to cherish. As long as you have breath in you, you can help someone else with your words, or a kind deed …and that will make YOU feel better too! Stay hopeful and focus on what is good in your life!
Please see your physician if you’re experiencing long periods of sadness or depression.
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