What are the simple things that make you feel happy?
When it feels like life hands you lemons, it’s often your remote or streaming service that’ll help you make lemonade. While I’m not recommending bingeing on anything, taking moments and investing time to have fun, letting go, and enjoying life? That’s definitely on the menu to combat SAD.
This week, I’m posting one thing you can implement each day—today’s day three—focusing on surroundings, behaviour and mindset to combat the winter blues. Today, focus on things that make you feel good. Write them down. Choose one and do it. That’s it.
Feel Good Stuff: Ideas ⤵
Stream a feel-good movie
Here’s a list of 35 Feel-Good Movies to Watch When You’re Feeling Down.
Write in a journal
One sentence is enough. It’s the art of taking regular action that matters.
I prefer to write in the morning as I wake and let whatever comes up flow through without overthinking.
Another excellent method is to write at the end of the day to unpack and record your thoughts, feelings and emotions. Whatever feels best for you. Explore. Be playful.
Create a tea ritual
The practice of drinking tea can be a gateway to communing with yourself, and in the right setting, it creates space for reflection, mindfulness and being in the present moment. Learn how to create one here (or google and post your favourite article in the comments below).
Get reading: 1 page a day is loads
If you want to get started reading and it’s been a while, 1 page a day books are excellent. I love The Daily Stoic (and here’s the digital version).
I read fiction at bedtime. It helps me unwind, let go of the day, and primes my brain for excellent dreams.
Call or video call a friend or family member. Even better, meet up IRL and do something that is laugh out loud fun. A walk, movie, park, volunteer, or take in an art show.
Cuddle your pet. Don’t have one? Visit a cat cafe or stream cat/dog videos
Medical Note: Something to note is most medical professionals recommend is avoiding drugs and alcohol when experiencing depression or SAD. They also recommend not bingeing on anything, even if it’s healthy. So if vino is on your list, swap it for alcohol-free wine; the same goes for alcohol-free beer, and remember everything in moderation. Drugs? This is one for a licenced medical professional or therapist to cover, so speak to an expert ASAP.
What about Sugary Foods or Soda?
Sugary foods and soda are also on the minimise list, so again, if you find cookies, ice cream and soda on your feel good list, try instead low-carb cookies (I love Justine's Cookies) and Halo Top Icecream and low-sugar Kombucha. The idea here is that you never have to give up anything; always ask what a nutritious, nourishing alternative is that you can have: you always have options, google and be curious. Share any winners in the comments below.
The tiniest changes can make the biggest difference when repeated consistently over time.