It is the start of yet another week and while I am still grappling with the idea of the year already coming to an end – I am also looking forward to winters setting in. While I love the cold and the amazing winter fashion choices – the setting in of winters also brings with it seasonal depression. While I am not clinically qualified to diagnose depression but I do see some signs in myself such as fatigue, laziness and a want to do nothing. The grey of wintery mornings seem to cast a greyness to my mood as well. I’ve also noticed similar signs in my friends and family too. So I’ve come up with some things that I’ll try to do on a daily basis to help deal with gloominess outside and inside.
- Compliment one person – It can be a stranger or someone you know but every single day compliment atleast one person. It could be your partner or parent or sibling or friend or a cab driver or a delivery person or a random well dressed stranger – just spread some love with an offhanded compliment. It would make you and them feel so happy for the rest of the day.
- Spend the first few minutes after waking up thinking of what I am most looking forward to doing in the day – It is getting harder to leave the cozy warmth of my blanket in the morning (I spent 1 hour today morning convincing myself to leave my bed). So to help me look forward to the day, I will try to wake up and think of the thing I am most looking forward to doing in the day to get me excited to leave my bed. If there isn’t anything big planned in the day, I am going to focus on having my favourite coffee or wearing a cute outfit or eating a fun meal or packing orders.
- Planning my meals ahead of time – I am a huge foodie but get lazy on a daily basis to decide what I want to cook, so I’m going to plan my meals a day ahead to make sure I don’t get lazy and stick to eating home cooked, healthy food. Eating nutritious food helps so much in improving my mood and morale.
- Working out every day – I’ve had a tough time sticking to my healthy ways this year but I’ve finally gotten back to the gym and my goal is to work out every day even if only for 30-40 mins. Working out is not only great for my physical health it also gets me out of any mental funk that I am in.
- Expressing gratitude at the end of the day – It’s been a crazy past 2 years and I want to spend these last 2 months of 2021 being grateful for having survived and finding something that I am passionate about to do. So I am going to spend a few minutes every night just being grateful for everything that worked and everything that didn’t work that ultimately got me here to this point of time.
If you are feeling the winter gloomies too, I hope you’ll join me in adding some of these simple tasks to your daily to-do list to help beat that gloominess. How is November treating you?
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