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Just because it’s winter, you don’t have to be SAD PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, December 01, 2012 2:38 AM

Even though fall and winter are my favorite times of the year, I do tend to get a little more down and experience some SAD (seasonal affective disorder). I think because it’s dark so much more and it’s often too cold to go outside. Sometimes I just want to stay curled up in my bed. When I find myself having that urge, I try to think of a project I can focus on. This seems to lift my spirits and without even realizing it, I’m in a better mood.

Because we are indoors so much during this time of year, you might have to use your imagination a little more to find fun things to do inside. I used to make jewelry when I was younger. The other day I decided to try that again. I have a whole collection of beads and various other parts; I just string things together while I watch a movie or listen to music and it’s very therapeutic. The supplies are pretty cheap and then your friends can marvel at the masterpiece you made!

Since, unless you belong to a gym, it’s too cold to walk or run outside often at this time, there are easy exercises you can do inside once you get motivated. I personally like yoga. You can find tons of videos online. Obviously you can do higher intensity exercises, depending upon your physical fitness level. Just doing some nice stretching every day will help get you going and make you feel better – at least it does me.

Something else that cheers me up this time of year and can bring more light into an otherwise dreary day is lighting candles all over the house, especially fragrant ones. I also love incense. Certain scents have been proven to boost mood. According to Woman’sDay.com, the scent of roses makes us happier. Lemon is also a mood booster.

To warm up after being out in the frigid temperatures, I like to have some hot tea. I have quite the selection at home, and just deciding which one I want is fun for me. It’s the little things in life. I can even get a little crazy with it and throw two different flavored tea bags into my mug. I like to live dangerously sometimes. This is not for amateurs. Of course, there’s nothing like a bubble bath to warm up and forget that it’s winter for a second. Have your cup of tea on the side of the tub, surround yourself with candles (rose and lemon scented) and just relax and bask in your happiness. When you get out, strike a yoga pose and throw on your new, handmade necklace!

Yes, it’s still winter ... but how can anyone be sad with a fun-filled day like that?

Sara Berelsman lives in Fort Jennings with her husband and their two daughters. You can e-mail her your creative winter ideas or anything else at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

 

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