Depending upon where you currently reside, there is a pretty good chance that right now your days are shorter, colder, and grayer. It can be very difficult to make yourself choose to be in a good mood when you are in desperate need of some sunshine. I personally find the short gray days very hard to take for extended periods of time. Occasionally, a cold, rainy, dismal day can be a nice and cozy change of pace if you’re in the mood to cuddle up with a good book and a hot cup of tea, (the key word being ‘occasionally’). But when you hit a long patch of unrelenting dreary days and you’re just not feeling it, then it is time to make your own sunshine.
Following are a few ideas on what you can do to make or get some sun back in your winter days. Some are simple and inexpensive, some are a little more extreme and can cost as much as you are willing to spend:
Ø Organize some of your favorite summer songs on your IPod/CD player, lock yourself in your house alone, crank up the music and dance! Dance with abandonment, like a wild person, just feel it and have fun
Ø Buy some full spectrum lighting bulbs and pop them into a few or as many lamps as you like
Ø Hop in car or book a flight and spend a couple of days somewhere warm, sunny, and coastal
Ø Go to a local tanning bed (use your goggles and only spend a moderate amount of time in a bed, do your research)
Ø Put on something bright and cheerful (especially if it’s your day off – how about flip-flops and an old Hawaiian shirt? Your favorite bikini? ;-)
Ø Remember the smell of your favorite suntan lotion or oil? Coppertone? Hawaiian Tropic? Get a bottle of that and put some on after a shower, close your eyes and enjoy the smell
Ø Turn on every light in the house (but don’t leave them on forever!) or if you are in a position to do so, open every curtain in the house, open a window
Ø Put on some happy tunes and take the dog for a walk or go for a walk yourself but be sure to put on a pair of your brightest orange or rosy sunglasses to give the appearance of sunshine ;)
Ø Go buy a big, bright, beautiful sunny flower or a bouquet of cut flowers and enjoy their beauty and fragrance
Ø Find a local or nearby greenhouse and go spend an hour or two, take pictures, loose yourself in the moment
Ø If you want to do something a little more extreme and are in a position to do so, pick a room in the house to go all out on…paint and go crazy, bright sunny whites and yellows, paint a scene on a wall….ocean, blue skies and bright sun, or light bright greens, throw some sand on the floor, put tract lighting in and make it full spectrum bulbs, set up your favorite beach lounge chair, oil up, put on the sunglasses and find some nice beach and ocean sounds music to listen to on your IPod or CD player. Be sure to pick some quiet time and close the door, do NOT take your cell phone or computer in that room, it is not allowed! Throw down a blanket and have yourself a picnic, then stretch out in your lounge and enjoy your ‘sunbathing’. Maybe next time invite a friend or a date for a picnic lunch and a day ‘at the beach’. Have some fun with it and use your imagination. You can always paint over the walls and vacuum the sand later. ENJOY!
Please feel free to share some of your ideas, I would love to hear how you make your days brighter.
Note: A large quantity of people do suffer from something known as Seasonal Affective Disorder, (SAD). This is a very real disorder and can range from a simple pain in the rear to being quite serious. I am attaching a link from the U.S. National Library of Medicine NIH National Institutes of Health with more information on the subject. If you think this sounds like something from which you are suffering, please make an appointment with your Doctor. The two of you can discuss the best available treatment options for you specifically.