Years ago I read an article about walking and depression. In summary, the article spouted the mental benefits of walking 3 times per week for 20 minutes. The "walking only" group had more success than the group that took anti-depressants. Our local mall offers early hours for walkers. Check to see what is available to you. Even a quick walk around the neighborhood would be beneficial! Certainly we all know that we need physical exercise, but often it is difficult to schedule. I have had good success with finding dvd's that get you in shape in 20 minutes/day! My current favorite is the Jillian Michael's 30 Day Shred. I got mine at Target, but also available at Wal-Mart & online. So try to get some type of exercise at least 3 times a week to lift your mood!
Yesterday was a rather gray day here in North Central Ohio. I decided to pull out a wardrobe item that I haven't worn in awhile. To be honest I don't think this item is "in style" currently. As soon as I saw it (them) I was instantly lifted & it got better as I put them on. It was like talking with an old friend. Here is a pic:
So, even if you don't have pink cowboy boots, I am sure you have something in your wardrobe that will make you smile; a power tie, a fun scarf, a soft winter hat... you get the idea!
Do you know what a cutie is? It is a mandarin orange from California & readily available at your nearest supermarket. My oldest daughter requested them from my grocery trip. I don't often eat them, but decided to try one. They take about 3 seconds to peel & let me tell you it was heavenly! I felt like I was immediately transported to a tropical island. Go get a bag & put them in your fridge. Have them on hand when you need a little boost.
Tackle a small organization problem. Organize receipts & label with a sticky note & paper clip. If a closet is a problem then tackle one shelf. Don't try to organize the whole garage at one time. Just tackle one little area & you will feel better. This stackable shelf from Closetmaid (available @ Wal-Mart, Target etc.) is wonderful inside closets for shoes or on top of existing shelves for clothing. It only takes a couple of minutes to assemble it.
Now you are armed with a few quick, inexpensive "mood lifters". Put them on your list & get going! Energized~Cathy M.