It might not seem like it, but I get SAD in the winter months.
All I want to do is sleep, drink coffee, and eat sweets.
I feel tired, I can’t think — and don’t really want to; hell, I don’t even want to go work out. Almost anything that I do feels like a chore.
Does this sound like you? It’s okay. You’re going to live. Just keep reading.
Seasonal affective disorder has to do with reduced sunlight in the fall and winter months. The low amount of sunlight leads to a drop in serotonin, which regulates our mood and can make us feel happy.
There are a few ways to boost these feel-good neurotransmitters.
1. Object of Happiness meditation:
After you’ve done the whiskey breath, think about something / someone / some place that brings you the most joy, happiness, or fulfillment.
Experience this thing with all of your senses. Touch, smell, taste, sound, sight.
Let yourself really FEEL it.
In the winter, I pop my #humancharger in for 12 minutes, 2x/day.
I’ve been known to sit in the winter sunlight for 5-20 minutes on winter days in nothing but my shorts.
3. There’s research to support that exercise — especially aerobic exercise — can improve the effects of SAD.
Even if you don’t want to do it, get it done.
Also, dogs are great too.
May winter months be happy and vibrant.
Drop a comment and let me know how you get through the winter.
Love and chi,