If you find yourself feeling a little sad, less energetic than usual, a bit bored or a touch lonely, you may be experiencing “the blues.”
While you can get the blues at any time in response to your circumstances, they are especially common
- as a sense of letdown in the aftermath of the winter holiday mayhem and
- when there are fewer daylight hours and the weather is less hospitable to outdoor activities that don’t involve 17 layers of clothing and intentionally sliding on snow and ice.
The good news? There are lots of simple steps you can take to restore your sense of optimism and vitality.
Here are ten ways to nurture, encourage and delight yourself with hope, possibilities and empowerment at any time of year in any situation:
- Exercise regularly and maintain a healthy nutrition (quality and quantity).
- Keep a regular sleep schedule (quality and quantity).
- Pamper yourself with soothing and joyful self-care—fresh flowers, massage, music, haircut, spa, mani/pedi, aromatherapy and more.
- Take a vacation—even a weekend away can help.
- Make dates for special occasions with friends and family.
- Do things that make you laugh.
- Make progress on a beloved, but long-delayed, project by doing just a little bit at a time each day.
- Invest yourself in activities that enhance your spiritual wellbeing.
- Volunteer—give something of yourself to others.
- Express your creativity. Sing, make art, paint a room, take dance lessons—the options are endless.
If what you’re experiencing seems like more than episodic blues because symptoms continue to expand and intensify, please seek help from medical, mental health and spiritual professionals. You are worth the effort.
Author’s content adapted under license, © 2008 Claire Communications
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