Do you feel that your mood and energy have started to drop over the past few weeks? Do you dread the thoughts of getting out of your warm bed every morning? Welcome to the winter blues. 11 Million Americans and more than 12 million Europeans suffer from Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD).
Beating the winter blues doesn’t have to be an annual event when you simply wish away the months until spring comes along. You can take a few simple steps that will have you feeling more upbeat, positive and full of energy in no time at all. So instead of dreading the winter months like I once did, you can begin to look forward to it as the beautiful time of the year that it is. Full of exciting change, hope and personal transformation.
Are you ready to banish those winter blues?
Let There Be Light
The days will now be shorter for the next few months and your body will crave for all of the light that it can possibly get. Start by opening all of the curtains or blinds during the day and let in as much light as possible. Then turn on the lights and fill your home or office with light. If you work in an office, try to move your desk near the window and maximise your exposure to any natural light. At home use a wonderful Himalayan salt lamp. Its beautiful warm glow will brighten up any room and will also help to lift your mood while doing so.
Time For Change
Remember those New Years resolutions that you made a few weeks ago? Are you still going to the gym like you said that you would? Have you given up smoking yet? This is a perfect time of the year to make some really exciting goals for your future. One of the best ways to stay inspired through the winter months is to set some short-term goals, and then reward yourself when you hit them. I have written an article about setting and achieving your exciting goals here.
It is scientifically proven that just 25 minutes of exercise each day can improve symptoms of mild to moderate depression. Why not set your alarm clock a little bit earlier in the morning and do some light aerobic exercise to start your day in the best possible way. It will get your circulation going and you will feel wide-awake after just a few minutes. Being more active will help to lift your mood, reduce stress and anxiety, improve your physical health, and give you more energy to get through your day. Sounds great to me!
Start A Gratitude Journal
You can begin or end each day by using a journal and writing down three things in your life that you are grateful for. We all have so much to be grateful for that we sometimes forget or take them for granted. Your health, your family, your friends, your positivity, your home, your job, today, the future, your goals, your dreams of the future are just a few to get you started. The list is pretty endless once you start this wonderful habit. The most important thing is that you start from today to show more gratitude. What three things are you are really grateful for?
Try Something Different
To add some variety into your life, why not try something completely different and use the next few weeks to get out of your comfort zone. Why not join an evening class and learn a new skill. Maybe join the local Yoga studio and really stretch those winter blues away. Why not let that budding artist out of you and try your hand with some adult coloring books.
There are so many ways to beat the winter blues. I hope that you will take positive action and make the decision today to take control and use the next few months as a time for exciting personal change.
50 Thought Provoking Existential Questions
What are existential questions?
Existential questions are usually deep, philosophical questions that question just that — our very existence.
They can be great conversation starters and they can also sometimes make for a passionate discussion. The following existential questions can be a great way to get to know someone better and perhaps even learn new things about yourself.
The word existential comes from the Latin word “existentia”, which means to exist. Existential questions challenge our way of thinking, our beliefs and our perspective.
Is there a right or wrong answer to an existential question? Perhaps not, as each question usually just asks more questions.
I have put together the following list of thought provoking existential questions so that you can perhaps start an internal conversation with yourself or start an interesting debate with your friends.
50 Thought Provoking Existential Questions
1. Are there limits to human creativity?
2. What makes something beautiful?
3. How do we know if we’re doing the right thing?
4. Who am I?
5. What is one thing that every human should get to experience in their life?
6. Do you believe in a power greater than humanity?
7. Are we given enough time?
8. Is privacy a right?
9. What is the best way for a person to attain happiness?
10. Are we alone in the universe?
11. What is love?
12. How would you define genius?
13. What do you think your purpose is?
14. If babies are considered innocent, when do people cease to be innocent?
15. Is it better to expand your knowledge or to deepen it?
16. Why do you think we are here?
17. How important is ‘play’ in living a healthy and fulfilling life?
18. Do you have a right to be happy, or should you earn it?
19. What happens when I die?
20. What worries me the most about the future?
21. What is a person? Is it the mind, or the body?
22. Would the world be a better place if all leaders were women? If you answered yes, why?
23. What activity have I done that has made me feel the most alive?
24. Does truth exist without evidence?
25. If I had to instill one piece of advice in a newborn baby’s mind, what advice would I give?
26. Does a person have a soul? If so, where is it?
27. Is intelligence or wisdom more useful?
28. Is it more important to love or be loved?
29. What would make the world a better place?
30. How should we measure our lives? In years? In moments? In accomplishments? Something else?
31. What is the difference between living and simply existing?
32. If you died today, would you be satisfied with the life you’ve lived?
33. What advice would you tell your younger self?
34. Which is worse: failing or never trying?
35. Is a minimum wage a good idea? What about a maximum wage?
36. What is the most important goal every person should have?
37. Can anything ever really be considered ‘true’ or is everything subjective?
38. Is the world a better place with humans in it?
39. If extra-terrestrial life was discovered, how do you think humanity would react?
40. Is happiness just a mixture of chemicals circulating through our bodies?
41. Where do you think we go when we die?
42. Have I done anything lately worth remembering?
43. Can you ever have full control over your own life?
44. How do you know that you are not dreaming right now?
45. Is one lifetime enough?
46. What matters most in my life?
47. Is a person ever truly evil? If so, are they born that way?
48. What is the meaning of life?
49. Is humanity going in the right or wrong direction?
50. What does it mean to live a good life?
I hope that you enjoyed these thought provoking existential questions. I hope that they perhaps made you think about your beliefs, yourself and the world around you (the bigger picture). If you discuss these questions with a friend, remember, there is probably no right and wrong answers, usually just a matter of opinion.
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