What a dismal lack of sunshine we’ve had this summer. I feel my smile disintegrating! The prospect of longer nights without that
normal recharge of rays is rather frightening, especially suffering from SAD. I can feel my mood becoming heavier already and it’s only October. I know that it affects kids and families too, although parents can sometimes forget to acknowledge that their kids need outside time and daylight.
I’ll just have to manage as best I can, I’m thinking, and try and create my own sunny lift! So I’ve been inventing ways to do that and am recording them here in case you need some ideas for the family too. Here’s what I’ve come up with – I’ll let you know what works:
- Getting outside every day – no excuses – as even the dullest daylight makes a difference. Find ways and means; walk instead of bus, go to park, whatever.
- Painting one room in the house orange or yellow. Ours is the kitchen – it’s orange and makes you feel brighter instantly.
- Making tomato and lentil soup. Or carrot and sweet potato. or butternut squash. Using sunny veg!
- Wearing something bight, or warm in colour and texture.
- Achieving something new – always gives me a lift that, whether it’s changing the room round, making something, artwork, crafting, planting, whatever.
- Calling up my sunniest friends for a chat and keeping the conversation positive and forward looking. Can be tricky!!
Got any more ideas you could share? Meanwhile, I’m wishing you sunshine in your day! O look – the sun just came out here! 🙂