How You Can Fight SAD!

Yep, the clocks are going back this week Sunday in England to retain some daylight and winter is on its way and here to stay, well, for a good few months anyway!

  • Are you fully equipped?
  • Are you prepared?
  • Have you heard of SAD and do you know what it is?
  • Do you / Could you be suffering from SAD?

Well, let me fill you in…

A type of depression that’s related to changes in seasons — SAD begins and ends at about the same times every year. If you’re like most people with SAD, your symptoms start in the fall and continue into the winter months, sapping your energy and making you feel moody.

Let me tell ya!….

I am definitely a summer baby and my mood is certainly perkier in the summer months. I’m more of a go getter and confident and wanting to be outdoors when the sun is out and it’s warm.

BUT, when the weather is gloomy, raining (particularly that annoying rain, where it’s not really raining but it’s raining as though Someone is consistently spitting in your face), windy and cold I can tell you for free that I’d rather be at home all cosy, hibernating and staying warm. I have no interest in being outside in the winter months unless I REALLY have to.

How do you know if you suffer from SAD and what are the symptoms?

Well… here are the symptoms:-

Symptoms of SAD

Symptoms of SAD can include:

  • a persistent low mood 
  • a loss of pleasure or interest in normal everyday activities 
  • irritability 
  • feelings of despair, guilt and worthlessness 
  • feeling lethargic (lacking in energy) and sleepy during the day 
  • sleeping for longer than normal and finding it hard to get up in the morning 
  • craving carbohydrates and gaining weight (this is so me…)

I’ve done my research and these are the top…

6 Ways You Can Punch Up SAD!

  1. Get up and Go Out! – Yep unfortunately that’s the highest recommendation I can give you. Don’t think about how cold it is just get up and get out- I’m afraid you’ll have to brace it and face it.
  2. Eat up Love! – Get those Complex carbohydrates in you, they can really help maintain levels of serotonin, a neurotransmitter that regulates mood.  Complex carbohydrates are found in foods such as peas, beans, whole grains, and vegetables. These are very simple and complex carbohydrates which are turned to glucose (blood sugar) in the body and then this in turn ignites your body with energy.
  3. Try some Light therapy – Is a special lamp called a light box which is used to imitate the appearance and exposure of sunlight. Or even better go out for 10 mins and absorb some natural sunlight and get some vitamin D.
  4. Get some exercise on – Netflix and Chill will have to chill I’m afraid. You need to head to the gym or run around and get your sweat on. Once your endorphins have increased from your exercise then you will begin to feel more cheerful and your mood will gradually bounce back. You can’t go for one day and pack it in though, make sure you keep it up, it doesn’t have to be an extensive workout at all- little and often will do just the trick! According to a study, physical exercise works like some anti- depressants to alter brain chemistry.
  5. Talk it Out! Invite some friends around, arrange an outing or just pickup the phone and have a conversation – Just get talking! When you’re not feeling spontaneous, you’re cold and just want to stay in and be cosy you must be around outgoing people they can subconsciously pick up your mood or even encourage you to go out.
  6. Stay warm – OK OK, you won here! You have to stay cosy and warm whilst you do all of the above. Feeling cold if you don’t like it, can actually make you feel more depressed and uncomfortable and totally grumpy. So wrap up like a burrito if you’re going out and if you’re indoors crank up the heating to you comfortable sauna setting and most importantly stay HAPPY.

I hope you enjoyed this post and found some useful tips. If you have any useful ideas that you think can help someone too please share in the comments below.

It would also be interesting to know how many other people suffer from SAD.

Love Mummanopoly 💋

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Procrastination

Procrastination is an abomination!

Procrastination, is the thing that takes over you and causes hesitation.

Procrastination is like waiting at the station but not boarding the train to your final destination.

…but I won’t forget to mention, how it creates so much tension and immense deep rooted self-frustration.

You allow all of distraction to prevent you from taking action.

Tomorrow is a new day we say.

Constant self reminders, however, day by day it’s all left behind us.

…and before you know it… it’s been 7 days and before you know it… it’s been 8 weeks and before you know it… it’s been 9 months and before you know it….. nothings changed…

So if there needs to be a change, then make a change!

So I changed from being negative to a mental state of positive and when I became positive it made me more proactive and when I became proactive it made me feel more reactive and when I felt more reactive I began to feel more active and when I felt more active….

…Everything is more seamless and the possibilities are simply endless…

Procrastination is an abomination!

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Subconscious Mind, do you nurture yours?

Here I am… my very first blog (looks around an empty room). I thought I’d start with something I’ve been working on which is my mind.

Our Minds Can Be A Wilderness, Nurture It!

Sometimes in life, all we have is hope and that’s really all we need, well, at least to start off with. It is important to have something to FOCUS on, to look forward to and to have a passion for in life, otherwise we will walk aimlessly in the wilderness. FOCUS on the word wilderness;- which is a dark, miserable, uncultivated, neglected, abandoned and an unhabitable place. Wow! that doesnt sound nice at all! But guess what, our Minds can be just like that, a neglected wilderness, if we do not nurture it. It’s so easy to just FOCUS on our external selves and neglect our inner self, the ‘engine’ which drives us.

As I am sure you know, a car is nothing without its engine or even if the engine is slightly damaged the external body of the car is no good with a faulty engine no matter how beautiful the external body is. It is so important to FOCUS on our minds, thoughts and views because they will be driving us around each day.

The Surface of Our Minds and The ‘Meh’ Feeling

The thing is, it’s not just the surface of our minds we need to FOCUS on, it is the subconscious mind. The thoughts you think you don’t think but you think subconsciously and if these are subconscious ‘negative’ thoughts, then they will certainly weigh you down.

You know that random feeling of unhappiness but you try to rattle your mind to think of why you are unhappy, dull or that ‘meh” feeling and at times there is simply nothing which stands out to make you feel this way.

Overcome Your Negative Subconscious

Trust me… there are ways to overcome your negative subconscious engine which is driving you each day but you need to FOCUS and stay determined. By doing this you need to start by clearing a bit of your mental wilderness and start gardening at your thoughts each day and weeding the negative thorns.

Our minds are very susceptible to our thoughts and we need to be conscious of this, to navigate it well in order for it to pour out effectively into our day to day lives by our actions and how we mean to go on.

How do you overcome your ‘meh’ feelings and are you even aware of them?

Have you cultivated a wilderness in your mind and are you gardening?

Stay tuned for my upcoming blog on 15 Things Mentally Strong People Do. 💕

…and I look forward to seeing your comments below.