Got the blues?  With Autumn upon us, the days will start getting shorter and a lot of people will start spending more of their days inside (to me that even sounds depressing!).  During the winter months, some people will suffer from depression–or what clinicians call Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD).

No matter what label you put on it–the blues, SAD, depression–sometimes you just feel down.

Think for a moment how much being down costs you in terms of your life:  it’s as if everything has this greyish filter on it, your relationships suffer because you’re not present–and if you are present, you’re not bringing your best self, you do less fun stuff, you’re less motivated…I know you don’t want to exist that way in the world.  You know, sometimes you just feel down and you seem to cycle through it and you’re ready for the next thing within hours, but what if you get stuck?

Here are 5 quick ways to get over the blues:

  1.  Nutrition.  Some link SAD to a lack of vitamin D.  Make sure you are taking a high quality multivitamin that has vitamin D in it.  Spend more time outdoors to get the extra D you need as well.  Taking high quality fish oil supplements will also help boost your mood.
  2. Do something different.  When you do, you are more tuned into your environment and not so much on yourself.
  3.  Connect with something inspiring.  Watch a TedTalk, read something beautiful, look at beautiful artwork or photography, listen to inspiring music, or be out in nature.  Speaking of music–listening to music that makes you feel happy or sad helps.  Sometimes you might need to cry/laugh–there are songs that can bring up the emotion you might need help expressing.
  4.  Meditate.  Mindfulness meditation is linked to all kinds of health benefits.
  5. Connect with others who lift you up.  Did you ever notice that some people you are with naturally lift you up, while others leave you feeling worse?  Pay attention to your peer group–who you spend the most time with.

I listed five ways, but I can think of so many more things that will lift your spirit.  How about you?  What do you do when you feel down?  List your comments below.

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