Feeling down? Try one of these pick-me-ups

Here in Ontario, it’s about that time of year again where winter occurs in the early hours of the morning, spring and then summer arrives around noon or so, autumn make its presence known mid-afternoon, and we are back to winter in the evening in the context of temperature.

The weather around this time of year is highly unpredictable, and the tease of warm weather only to be followed by an artic blast of cold temperatures is rather frustrating.

I’ve always found that a lot of us are struggling around this time of year, arguably because we know the warmer weather is approaching but hasn’t quite fully committed. So, I thought I would offer some suggestions that I enjoy doing to improve my mood, and it is my hope these ideas can be of use to someone else.

  • Get some fresh air. I always find that spending some time outdoors puts me in a better mood, so try going for a walk or strolling through a new area of town to lift your spirits
  • Have a hot bath or shower to freshen up mentally and physically
  • Spend a little bit of time researching something that interests you that you’re not super well-versed in; sometimes knowledge can be the best medicine
  • If possible, spend time with animals
  • Reach out to a long-lost friend
  • Take the time to seek out a good book, curl up with it, and immerse yourself in a new world
  • Cook a meal from scratch
  • Have a dance party to some of your favourite tunes
  • Get some exercise
  • Get some extra sleep

I can’t promise that these strategies will work for you to the same extent they do for me, but I figure they’re worth a shot. Everyone is different, but maybe one of these methods will prove to be effective for you.

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