Do the shortened hours of daylight and the colder days of winter cause you to feel the "winter blues"? If you notice that you feel a bit gloomy some days, there are some fairly simple things that you can do to brighten up your day and your mood! This is not to be confused with a true, clinical depression, that may require medication, although, even if you do require medication for a depression condition, they may still help you. Swaying in a hammock or a hammock chair, is a relaxing, yet uplifting, activity. There is no other feeling quite like it! Choosing one will depend on the space allowed in your home, and a bit of creative thinking. A hammock chair can be hung from the ceiling in a corner of your room, or a hammock chair stand can be used. If the space in your home allows, a hammock, hung from the wall, ceiling, or in a stand, in a large room, is equally beneficial. You can spread out and lay down in a hammock, yet, some hammock chairs allow you to completely stretch your feet out, also, so choose wisely. Find a color or print that makes you feel good, and will look nice in your room. It doesn't have to be the same color, just look appealing as an accent piece. Spend some time here reading an uplifting book or listening to music that you enjoy. Be sure to choose music that lifts your spirits, not lonesome or sad music, that makes you want to cry. If you can place it near a fireplace or a sunny window, then all the better. Make it a priority to spend some time in your special spot every day, even if only a short time is available. It will become your haven, and when you sit or lay down there, you will start to feel better.
Some other actions you can take, that are great for lifting spirits, are adding some bright colors, scattered here and there, throughout your home. A bright, pretty vase on your kitchen or dining room table, with a fresh flower bouquet, will make you smile every time you look at it! Just add that to your grocery list each week! The grocery store flowers are just fine, and you will never miss the money. In fact, they will bring you so much more in enjoyment. Aroma therapy is a wonderful way to lift spirits, by way of candles or essential oils, in a diffuser. There is much study on this, so one of your books to read, in your special spot, could include this.
So, picture this: it is a gloomy, winter's day, and you are feeling down. You recognize this, so you grab your book, put on some uplifting music, light a candle, and head for your haven, your beautiful new hammock chair, in your favorite color! You stretch your feet out, take a few deep breaths, open your book, and realize, you are already feeling brighter!