It’s been proven over and over again how a positive attitude has many physical and mental benefits. If you feel your positivity slipping during the changing of seasons, what can you do to get back to a better mindset?
The onset of shorter days and colder weather can make people feel gloomy. You could be suffering from Seasonal Affective Disorder or just feeling down due to natural changes.
Even a sunny and warm spring day can put you into a sad state of mind if you experienced a loss during this time of year. Whatever the case, there’s a way to stay positive year round and we will show you how with this guide.
Identify Your Trigger
We mentioned how even a beautiful sunny day can make people feel blue. If there’s a certain season that brings about unpleasant feelings, it’s important to identify the time of year that makes you feel this way.
Don’t dread the upcoming season. Instead, work hard to see the good things about it, from the gorgeous new blooms in spring to the silent peaceful snow of winter.
Look for Light
If dark days spent huddled inside away from the cold sap your mental strength, letting a little light in can be just the thing to get you back on your feet. Both natural and artificial sunlight can be your best friend.
Natural light is best. Try to spend some time outside each day getting a little sunlight if possible and open up your windows during the day.
If natural light is hard to come by, search for blue lights or lamps that mimic sunlight.
Weathering the Weather
Rain has a reputation as a dreary weather event. Snow can make travel outside of the home difficult, scorching heat can melt you to your couch, and windy weather can be noisy and bothersome.
Instead of dreading these natural events, change your perspective and try to find the good in them. Rain makes the flowers grow, thunderstorms can be beautiful, and playing in the snow or swimming in the heat are fun seasonal activities.
Appreciate the Present, Anticipate the Future
Mindfulness is a great way to help stay positive. If the seasons are getting you down, stay mindful in the moment and remember, things will eventually change.
Ignore the season and focus on what you’re doing in that very moment. Be thankful for a comfy couch you can read in or your favorite meal on the table in front of you.
Remember that seasons change. If you like it cold, summer will eventually give way to winter, and so on.
Staying Positive During The Changing of Seasons
The changing of seasons doesn’t have to be upsetting, depressing, or limit you in any way. It takes a bit of work to stay positive during your least favorite time of year, but with these tips and tricks, you can do it.
Even if you stumble a little, get back on your feet. Refocus and remember that positivity might take some work but it’s worth it.
If you’re looking for more guidance for managing a difficult time, check out these resources for dealing with grief and loss.
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