I am sitting here looking out at a snowy landscape with the fire on and it is peaceful and cozy. However after months of dark skies and the occasional peek of sunshine my mood is struggling to stay up. So what did I do?
First I brought out my bright orange and turquoise throw pillows and put them on the sofa. The pictures got moved around the house with the brightly coloured ones in the living area. The seed catalogue came out for perusal as well as my books on garden design allowing my mind to wander into spring. Third I counted up how many Mondays until spring it is six....somehow making it easier.
The grocery store came next with buying fresh grapefruits, oranges, limes, and lemons to get some liquid sunshine in my body....yum! Pineapples and mangoes got added to the list as well as some fresh cut flowers.
Figuring winter was still here for awhile the happy herbs came out of the herbal apothecary. For those of you who suffer Seasonal Affective Disorder or are getting depressed of course St. John's Wort is an essential. Always check before taking this herb to make sure it does not interfere with any medications you may be on. You can always give me a call if you are unsure.
If just a little down with cabin fever Lemon Balm works as a happy pick me up and is safe for children. If anxiety is a factor Passion flower works like a gentle little miracle. If you are finding sleep difficult, well, Valerian will surely do the trick! There are many other herbs available to use and depending on exactly how you are are feeling sometimes a personalized blend of herbs works best. Skype chats are available if you feel you need some extra help.
Of course getting out to ski, skate, snowshoe or simply walk will make your cheeks rosy and improve your mood. For me hot cider, red wine and chocolate seem to contribute to the improvement of my mood and help me enjoy the beauty of the winter landscape once again.