You’ve probably heard that January is the peak time when people suffer from SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder). It’s basically a wintertime depression. The craziness of Christmas is over, the days are still short, the skies are cloudy, and you just want to stay in bed until summer.
My point in bringing up SAD is this; the third Monday of January is called Blue Monday, it’s the most depressing day of the year. Usually I’m down for the count around this time. I stay in bed all day, I don’t eat much, and my outlook on life is grim.
This last year has been a turning point with my own mental health. I’m much more stable than I’ve ever been and I’m aware when things trigger stress and distress. Essential Oils have been helping and so has physical fitness. One of my goals is to lose some weight this year, and I’m serious about it!
Instead of being lazy, I’m pushing myself this week to be more fit than any other week in the last year. That’s why I’m proud of myself for the first item on the list.
Five Things Friday!
1. 15,000 Steps in a Day!
The whole week I’ve been making myself get on the treadmill and get moving until I sweat. I’ve hit 10,000 steps four days so far this week! This makes me feel so great, not just because I’m accomplishing something good for my health, but because I have more energy and I’m sleeping better at night.
2. Peppermint Oil
I’m a huge fan of peppermint oil. I put it in my shampoo, my hot chocolate, my skin, and I diffuse it. In these dry, winter months, it helps me to breathe better. Here’s a good site to check out more information.
3. A Series of Unfortunate Events
Patrick Warburton’s portrayal of Lemony Snicket is so perceptive (the word perceptive means), of the story of which he is narrating. The Netflix episodes, of which I am not quite half-way through, leave me yearning for more and weeping over the fact that I have not yet read these books.
4. Uplifting Others
Working in retail means that I meet a lot of different people everyday. When I’m on the clock that’s my cue to smile and be kind to everyone I meet. Some people make that very difficult! It’s impossible to like everyone. That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t try. You never know what other people are going through. When I’m depressed, I need a smile and a friendly face. I don’t want others feeling down either. So, I smile, ask how their day is and wish them well. It takes practice to learn positivity, but smiling is simple.
5. Bible Verse Psalm 18:2
Yesterday was difficult when things took an unexpected turn. I injured my foot and had to dial back my fitness regime. Mostly I was just glad that nothing more serious happened. This verse came to mind and was running through my head all day. Finally, I sat down with my calligraphy markers and wrote it out.