Do you suffer from the winter blues? Holiday greens? December purples?
Well, I know these cold South Dakota days can bring pesky pessimism my way, and I don’t like it, not one bit. So after reading Kate’s post today, where she shared light-hearted, positive points of the blues, I decided I didn’t want anyone feeling down this season and simply must share my five things that regularly cheer me up here on the farm.
1. Surround yourself with animals. Any animal. The following works for me:
2. Put on lipstick
You’re probably thinking, what does lipstick have to do with anything? I have found on days when I have no energy to do anything, simply putting on lipstick lifts my spirits. I wear it while typing, I wear it when walking the dogs. The bolder, the better, I say. Try it, it helps!
3. Dress like you mean it
If you stay home like I do, it’s easy to get into a lazy habit of not …. dressing. So, put on your Sunday best. For instance, right now I am wearing an outfit I haven’t worn in over a year. A little much for a day at home? Probably. But I feel pretty, oh so pretty.
4. Learn something new
Guitar? Piano? Creative writing class? Find something to occupy your hands and mind. I am in the process of learning to knit, and rather than sit on the couch and feel sorry for myself, I sit on the couch and knit and feel sorry for myself. It’s great!
5. Find excellent (emphasis on excellent) lighting, and take dramatic photos of yourself.
Looking at this photo, I can’t help but laugh. I mean, really. How dramatic can my mind be! I know we all have real stuff going on, but this photo reminds me of how easily I lose perspective. Having fun with the camera forces me to not be so serious.
I hope these tips help you in some way this winter.
Most importantly, if you are feeling down, don’t be afraid to talk about it. We’re in this together!
And since we are, why don’t you share what cheers you up? If you’ve posted on this before, share your link!