“Winter is coming!” is the catch phrase in the TV show, Game of Thrones. And that may mean a person can feel a bit down. This is a situation in which a plumber may not be able to help. 😊
It’s a common enough feeling. About 20% of the population are affected by SAD’s this time of the year, Seasonal Affective Disorder. Yes, they have an acronym for it! There is a lot of good info on this website about having a healthy home, but a healthy mind is pretty important as well. Home health and mental health probably go together, hand in hand. If you want to lighten up as winter sets in, here’s a few ideas that might help.
- Open your curtains or blinds and let the world inside.
Sit near windows whenever possible.
SAD is caused by a lack of sunlight. Natural light is there even on a cloudy day, so, soak it up.
- Buy and set up a daylight lamp.
There are lamps that simulate daylight and can boost your energy and be a mood changer on dreary, dull days. Check out Amazon for one of these.
- Vitamin D Supplements.
Back pain, fatigue and depression, to mention a few, are signs of vitamin D deficiency. If being out in the sun is not your thing, and from where you get plenty of vitamin D, then pick up some supplement vitamins from the store. Take one a day.
- Keep warm!
You can keep your home healthy by having insulation and making sure your windows are not letting in a draft. Use a space heater for really cold rooms if you don’t have central heating already installed by a plumber. If you feel cold, you feel worse.
- Fake flower decorations.
Why fake flowers/ Well it is winter and one may assume that a blaze of colour with flowers might be out of season. But colourful flowers can make you feel happier and your brain might think it’s a preview of spring. It will make their day!).
- Action! Motion!
Do away with anxiety and depression by indulging your body in a bit of exercise. That doesn’t mean join a gym either. Rug up and go for a walk around the neighbourhood. Buy a yoga mat and follow a YouTube video.
- Mingle with Family and friends.
Socialising can be a chore but it’s great for your mental well-being in general. Take time to have a coffee with a friend or plan a crazy weekend away with the family.
Nothing occupies a person’s mind more than a hobby. It can become something which you will enjoy regularly. Painting, a musical instrument, reading, DIY projects, and crossword puzzles. Whatever you choose, just do it!
Winter is upon us in June and within 3 months, it will be over. Roll on September.