I have to admit—I’ve been feeling down lately. The colder, shorter days (the sheer AUDACITY of the sun clocking out at 4:30, I mean, come ON! General work/life/money/family stuff is also doing a number on my mood (not to mention, you know, the ongoing global pandemic).
This time of year is always a little heavy, and this year, that heaviness is very pronounced. If you’re going through it, I’m sending love. I hope this list helps you prevent SAD—let me know in the comments what you would add to this list.
Keep Your Gut Happy
Eat cooked soups and stews to nurture your gut health (a happy gut massively contributes to good mental health).
Enhance Your Greens
Grow a few herbs (cilantro, basil, mint) inside so you can still see green every day and enjoy a pop of freshness in every dish.
Write It Out
Take an online class you’ll look forward to, like Spanish or writing.
Buy one small thing that will delight you on the colder days, whether it’s cozy socks or a tie-dye sweatshirt.
Get Your Market On
Don’t stop going to the farmer’s market! It’s one of the safest places to shop, and you can use it to get excited about all of the fun new produce as it comes into season (hello persimmons!).
Get Some Rays
Use a lightbox for 30 mins a day 🌞.
Call a different far away friend or relative every week.
Bundle up and try to move your body outside at least once a week. Are there winter hikes in your area?
Dance Like Nobody’s Watching
Every day, play one song from the “best 90s pop songs” Spotify playlist and dance around wildly until it’s over
Cultivate community—yes it’s possible even during a pandemic. Start a Zoom book club or even a weekly movie club where you watch together and discuss after! Just make sure whatever you do is regularly scheduled so you don’t have to plan.
Pick a cookbook, and then cook your way through every recipe of it.
Walk It Out
Go for a walk first thing in the morning. Just 15 mins outside before 10 am helps regulate your circadian rhythm!
Take Some Rays
Take a Vitamin D supplement.
Add a new ritual or hobby to your life, whether it’s an obnoxiously lengthy pour-over coffee routine or learning to knit.
Check Your Schedule
Try to match your schedule to the sun as much as possible, even if it means waking up earlier and going to bed earlier to in those am rays.
Lean into the slowing down of winter. Read more books. Take baths. Enjoy the hibernation of the season.