Tips for February Blues

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February can be a depressing month. The holidays are over and spring can seem a million miles away.  Here are a few things you can do to elevate your mood.

Think Spring!  Next month spring will be here…even if it’s still cold, there’s hope in the air for new beginnings and buds on the trees!  Start taking out some of your spring/summer clothes and prepare for the warmer weather.  You’ll feel better just by thinking of shedding those galoshes and winter coats soon!

Eat Great – Move More! Take this time to eat healthy. Don’t beat yourself up if you haven’t followed through on those New Year’s Resolutions …. start now!  Buy fresh produce, make at least one meal a day a colorful salad to enjoy and move more!  If you can’t walk outside, walk around your house, move like you’re walking while watching your favorite TV show, or, go to the local mall and take a brisk walk there.  Just by moving more and eating better you will greatly improve your mood!

Read!  Is there a book that has been calling to you?  Now is the time to either get yourself to the library for a free book, or order one on Amazon and have it within a couple of days.  Take this time to find the time to indulge in a great novel or even a self-help book.  Expand your mind and get out of the doldrums!

Treat Yourself!  Local spas have many specials this time of year hoping they’ll entice you to leave your home to try out their services.  Even a half-hour massage will feel wonderful and healing…and not that expensive.  Or, indulge in a nice hydrating facial – get the winter dry-skin sludge off your face for a brighter look, and maybe, just maybe your spirits will also brighten too!

Be Grateful!  No matter what is going on in your life or in this world…find something to be grateful for and say it out loud, speak it to others and write it down.  Speak about what is right in your life and in this world and you’ll reap the benefits of feeling better.  If you can see, hear, walk or talk – you are blessed. Saying “thank you” and being grateful is very powerful.  Try it…you’ll see!

 “Most of us never stop to consider our blessings; rather, we spend the day only thinking about our problems. But since you have to be alive to have problems, be grateful for the opportunity to have them.”

 Bernie Siegel, MD

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