Have I mentioned it’s February? Have I mentioned we’re buried in snow? Have I mentioned that these winter days are long, dreary, prone to illness, and severely lacking in sunlight?
I have? Well, sorry but we’re going to talk about it again. But we’re not just going to gripe — we’re going to talk about the winter blues and how you can combat them. Seasonal Affective Disorder is real, people. Some of us suffer from it more than others, but since we all go through periods of BLAH (sorry for all the technical jargon today) now and then, it’s helpful to have a positive strategy to combat it.
Here’s my one quick tip to get us started: Follow your nose. I’m no aroma-therapy type, but I do think we’re more affected by scents than we realize. Put on some perfume, bake some bread, or light a yummy-smelling candle. It’s an easy, instant way to feel better about your world, no matter how bleak the day.
If you promise not to laugh, I’ll share with you my personal favorite scent these days: Glow After Dark By Jennifer Lopez . Perhaps J-Lo and I have more in common than I realize (she’s having a baby, did you know? And it’s everybody’s business whether or not she’s having a C-section and whether or not it’s medically necessary and what she plans to wear at the hospital afterwards, did you know?). Well, even if we don’t have much in common, this fragrance was a Christmas present and it happens to smell quite warm and pretty. It’s February in New Hampshire and I’ll take what I can get.
I could blather on with other ideas, but I’d rather hear from you. Tell us your everyday strategies for beating the winter blahs.