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4 Tips to Combat Seasonal Affective Disorder

Seasonal affective disorder, or SAD, is one type of depression related to the change in season. The reduced level of sunlight at the beginning of Fall may cause winter-onset SAD. This decrease in sunlight may disrupt your body’s internal clock and lead to feelings of depression. You may also experience low energy, sleeping problems, feeling hopeless and changes in weight. Traditional treatment for Seasonal Affective Disorder includes medications, light therapy, and psychotherapy. You can combat SAD symptoms without traditional treatments. If you think you may have the winter blues or you know you have the condition, try these four tips to combat your symptoms: Take in the Sun Rays Spend as much time as you can in the sun. Sit by a window or go for a walk when the sun is rising or is the brightest. Natural sunlight improves your mood and helps you develop a more positive outlook…

Here’s Why You Should Create Affirmations for the Fall

If you’ve been following me for a while, then you know I am a big fan of affirmations. Affirmations are an amazing tool when you want to be happier and more optimistic, get the right focus, and improve your mental attitude. You get to choose what affirmations to use, whether writing them down or saying them out loud. Here is some more information about using affirmations in the fall season. Benefits of Daily Affirmations Here is a rundown of the main benefits of using daily positive affirmations: It promotes a positive attitude and change in your mindset. This is definitely one of the best reasons to use daily affirmations. They are always positive statements meant to put you in the right mindset. It helps you throughout the day when you start your day with more positivity and kindness. You learn to appreciate more and get disappointed in less. Affirmations not…

4 Tips to Improving Your Mental Health in the Spring

Winter can be a difficult season for people with mental health problems. Depression and anxiety are often worse during winter months because you are stuck inside in bad weather and unable to do things that would help you feel better. Now that spring is approaching, you can use the improving weather to take steps that will help improve your mental health. Here are some ways you can improve your mental health this spring. Spend More Time Outside Many people suffer from seasonal depression during the winter months when the days are shorter. So sunshine (vitamin D) is a good way to help improve your mood and overall mental health.  As the year moves into spring weather, the days will be longer and warmer. You can improve your mental health by taking advantage of the improving weather. Even spending fifteen minutes outside in the sun every day can help your mental health.…

How to Help Others with their Positive Thinking

Once you get used to thinking more positively and living a positive and optimistic life, you can start sharing this with others. Helping others to think more positively is a wonderful way to surround yourself with happy, content people who will lift you up just as much as you lift them up. Here are some helpful tips for helping others with their own positive thinking. Become a Beacon of Hope and Positivity There is no better way than showing by example. Without saying a thing, people will know when you have become a more positive person. Suddenly, your Facebook posts are about optimism and light, instead of blue, sad, and depressing updates. When they are around you, you always have a smile on your face, and when something negative happens to you, you always have a way to be positive about it. This is what others will see, and soon…

5 Easy Ways to Express Gratitude

If you want to be a more positive person, sometimes it just takes appreciating the good that is already in your life. This can be done by expressing gratitude. Here are some different ways you can express gratitude every day. 1. Become an Active Leader If you want to be more grateful of others and show your gratitude, be an active listener. This means not just hearing what someone says, but really absorbing what they are telling you. Don’t use your phone when someone is talking to you. Look them in the eyes and take in what they are telling you. This is active listening and shows the other person that you care about what they have to say. 2. Express Gratitude in Your Journal As mentioned previously, many people like to show gratitude is by writing it down in their journal. This is something you can do every day, by writing…