It is quite common that a lot of us are feeling down these days. This is what is known as Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). In the transition between seasons, and especially fall to winter. We begin to feel down and a bit gloomy without knowing exactly why. The good news is, it is not a serious condition and you can help yourself feel better in several ways. Try these therapeutic activities.
1. Art Therapy
Art therapy is a very effective way to reduce stress and anxiety because of the calming state drawing and painting put us in. Art also helps with expressing emotions and makes you feel liberated. Joining an art class or even buying a mandala coloring book will help you feel more relaxed and a lot calmer.
2. Dance Therapy
If you want post-workout endorphins but don’t really like to exercise, dance therapy is your go-to. Even better, dancing puts us in such a great mood. Moving your body to the beat of your favorite music will release all the trapped negative energy inside your body replacing it with a lot of positive vibes. You will feel great instantly, plus you get your muscles moving.
3. Walk in Nature
We spend most of our time sitting at a desk working and staring at the laptop, always on the phone, or just locked in between the walls of a café, mall, or even our rooms. This is against our nature. There is a connection between humans and nature and the more we detach ourselves the less we feel grounded. Spend time outdoors in nature. Walk around, try some gardening, or just simply lie on a bench and be present at the moment to connect with nature.
4. Spending time with those we love
There is a reason why we resort to one specific person when we feel down, it is because of how we feel when we speak with an open heart with this person and how relieved we feel afterward. While life gets us running around, we don’t get enough time to spend with those we love despite our need for it. Make sure you fit in some time in your schedule to meet with your close friends and family to catch up on everything happening in your lives and seek their support when you need it.
You probably heard this many times before, but that’s just because the power of journaling is something we don’t want to underestimate. Keeping a journal helps you manage your emotions better and understand yourself more. Gratitude journaling in specific help you pay more attention to all the blessings you have and eventually, you will feel more content. Whenever you feel down, grab a pen and per and let your feelings out. Also, make it a habit first thing in the morning to write down 5 things you are grateful for or looking forward to in your day.