peace or sparks joy in your life. Now, make it part of your routine.
Is coffee your guilty pleasure? Make yourself a DIY coffee station in your kitchen with your favorite coffee, syrups, and toppings.
Does yoga help you practice mindfulness and feel present? Incorporate it into your workout routine with a special focus on strengthening both your mind and body.
However, remember that self-care can also mean doing things you do not necessarily feel like doing. Encourage yourself to stay connected with friends even when you feel like isolating. Extend invitations or accept those from friends for social events. Seasonal depression can make us feel slow, moody, and disconnected from ourselves. Maintaining good relationships in your life can anchor you to yourself.
4. Celebrate the Little Things
There are small things to smile about every day. Life throws us obstacles and challenges, but going back to the small things can help make you smile. Cherish a good day at work. Rejoice in the sound of your kids laughing. Get excited over trying a new recipe and absolutely nailing it. Give yourself things to look forward to and mundane into something special.
If you watch a particular show every week, make it a special night! Get cozy on the couch, get all of your favorite snacks, and make it fun for yourself. Small activities like these can give you something to look forward to as the winter drags on.
Seasonal affective disorder affects around five percent of the U.S. population every year, and four out of five of those cases are women. Know that if you are struggling, you are never alone. Reach out to family, friends, and loved ones.
Consider seeing a therapist to find coping mechanisms. Even a few sessions can give you valuable tools to deal with your emotions and moods. The best plans are usually created in advance. Take action and be proactive about how you want to spend the changing seasons.