Tuesday Twelve–Fighting Seasonal Affective Disorder

Gray days of November have begun, and people in Marquette are counting the days without sun. On Friday, a friend and I chose a 10-minute walk to brighten our minds and to freshen our outlook before getting down to business.

For me, late fall and winter are a balancing act. I need to allow for the hibernative tendency to feed introspection and allow time for art. Yet, if I isolate too much the sludge that sets in is like cold tree sap and I become dark and stagnant, depression and body aches get the upper hand.

This Tuesday Twelve, I’m focusing on how to fight S.A.D.

  • Pull back the curtains and let the light in.
  • Every morning center yourself: yoga, tai chi, stretch, or meditate.
  • Make an Artist Date with a friend to journal over coffee or tea.
  • Use uplifting essential oils to lift your mood and give energy in the studio.
  • Call someone on your support team or get a big hug.
  • Volunteer your time; you’ll feel like you made a difference.
  • Renew by purchasing fresh flowers, rearrange furniture, repot plants.
  • Take 10: jumping jacks, deep breaths, sit-ups, or ten minutes around the block.
  • Paint with bright colors and get tactile with the process—fingers paint!
  • Nourish yourself with fruits and veggies.
  • Listen to new and unusual music on Internet radio or check it out at the library.
  • Keep a gratitude journal and make an entry every night.

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About kimnixon

Upper Peninsula Michigan Artist and Writer

Posted on November 26, 2007, in Holistic Health, Tuesday Twelve. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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