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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