I thought I would share some of the things that work for me when I find myself hunkering down and feeling gloomy. I am actually a very cheerful person most of the time, the winter eventually gets to me, and I know it does, so I have some strategies to help me out. Maybe you have some of your own to share.
1. Posture: Straighten up, draw back your shoulders, lift up your head, plant your feet firmly on the ground.
2. Breathe: Breathe deep, right down into your belly. In through your nose, out through your mouth. Around 10 deep, slow breaths – we are not aiming for hyperventilation here!
3. Smile: Even if you don’t feel like it. Your mind will take a cue from your body. If you can’t muster up a smile, put a pencil/pen between your teeth and walk about a bit, or while you are in your car. This makes you use your smile muscles and fools your brain – try it!
4. Pull Faces: Roll your eyes, be extreme (don’t scare the children!). Do it in private or with people who will appreciate it – it’ll make you laugh!
5. Laugh: Watch a funny movie, read a funny book, tell a funny joke that usually makes you laugh. Remember a funny or enjoyable event in your life and replay it in great detail in your mind – squeeze every drop of pleasure out of the memory , smile.
6. Bright Colours: Wear something in a bright colour, a detail or all over.
7. Music: Play some music, cheerful, energetic, and uplifting. As loud as you are allowed to!
8. Dance: Get up and move around. Do your ‘happy dance’. (Haven’t got one? make one up!) Jump, wave your arms around, shake, wriggle, and stamp! Be as outrageous as possible. – this makes me collapse in a fit of giggles:)
9. Get Outside:
- Go for a brisk walk – even if it’s raining
- Pull out a few weeds, dig over the earth
- Hang out the washing – bend and stretch
- Go to the beach. Walk and breathe deep
- Feed the ducks, birds, seagulls
- Collect a souvenir – flowers, shells, a pretty stone, feather, seedpod, leaves – anything that catches your eye. Put it somewhere you can see it and remember your outing.
10. Arrange something to look forward to: Contact a friend and organize something fun to do together a few days ahead. A fun movie, a coffee date, a visit to a museum, gallery,sports event, public garden etc. Look forward to it!
Oh, and of course – blow some bubbles! I can’t believe I had allocated that as a Summer activity – it works fine for me anytime!