designed and made
by The Hostess
January and February are months that many people experience a slump in attitude or the blues.
Feeling blah in and of itself is not necessarily a bad thing.
In order to feel joy one does need to know what sadness feels like.
If you are feeling extremely depressed and have lost interest in things that normally made you happy then it is a more serious condition and you might consider visiting your doctor.
Feeling low happens from time to time.
It can be lack of sleep or vitamin D or not enough exercise...
or a combination of things.
Often it is due to worrying about things that are beyond our control.
(I am guilty of this one!)
Are you eating a variety of healthy nutritious foods?
Have you remembered to drink 6-8 glasses of water each day?
Do you set aside some time to sit and quietly reflect on the positive things in your life?
Have you been keeping in touch with your best friends?
Friends are a very dear breed as they accept us with all our quirks and foibles.
I think of these low ebbs as a time to delve deep and learn strategies I need to employ in order to alleviate and reclaim a happy mindset.
Fortunately I have learned to listen to my body and I am proactive and take steps to ward off the blahs...
but if they do strike despite my best efforts I have a few tricks up my sleeve.
Flowers are my go to pick me up...
snow dust on the back deck.
Pick fresh flowers from the garden or buy some at the florist.
Call and chat with a friend
or better yet meet for a walk and a coffee.
Wander through your neighbourhood and greet the people you meet.
Watch a movie
(I prefer romantic comedies)
Soak in a hot tub of scented salts
slather on shea butter when you get out
wear your robe and slippers and cozy up with a good book.
Explore the local galleries and museums.
Take a class in something new and exciting...
many courses are offered throughout the community
photography, bridge lessons, ethnic cuisine, crafts and dancing,
are just a few ideas.
Volunteer to help in your community.
The local SPCA is a great place to start...think of all those animals needing a little TLC.
Pepper was a rescue kitten.
Pets are wonderful companions
I highly recommend owning one.
Put your favourite music on and play it loud!
Make some comfort food for lunch or dinner.
knit, sew, paint, decorate.
Browse through inspiring and beautiful coffee table style books at the library.
Have one chocolate and savour the flavour.
Go to the cosmetic counter and have a free makeover
take advantage of the freebies they offer you.
Reorganize your closet.
Go thrift shopping for something whimsical that speaks to you.
Give yourself permission to be sad for a set amount of time and then get on with life.
It's OK to be blue
just don't make a habit of it.
If you or someone you know is depressed
and seek professional help.
Remember to take deep breaths
try to relax
this too shall pass....