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5 Easy Steps To Beat The Winter Blues

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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

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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.

Get Moving

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

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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.

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6 Reasons Why You Should Create A Bucket List

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Reasons Why You Should Create A Bucket List

The term ‘bucket list’ has become quite popular in recent years. It has been used in pop culture references and as a casual topic of conversation when someone wants to do something. Chances are, you have heard someone say, “Oh, that’s on my bucket list!” But, a bucket list is more than just a fantasy, an out of reach dream or an excuse to say that you want to do many things, only to never follow through on them.

There are actually many benefits to creating a bucket list, if you just put in the time, the thought and the dedication into it. Making a bucket list is a perfect way to set your life goals and to stay focused on making them a reality. Still not 100% convinced? Let’s take a look at six reasons why you really should create a bucket list. Maybe, by the end of this article, you will be ready to put together one of your very own.

1. It Gives You a Purpose

While putting together a bucket list won’t tell you what the meaning of your life is, it can help to give you a purpose to your life. A bucket list should be more about the major goals that you have for yourself, rather than a bunch of fun little things that you might want to do. A bucket list gives you something to get out of life and allows you to stay focused while you are doing it.

Have you ever been bored, wondering what you’re going to do this weekend to fill up your free time? A bucket list can give you that answer, encouraging you to always work towards the things that you truly want to do and experience in life.

2. It Brings Your Goals to Life

As stated above, a bucket list should be about exciting goals that you have for yourself. But, it is also an opportunity to hone in on those goals. Many people have ambitions and even make goals or resolutions for themselves each year only to be forgotten a few days later. But, when you have a specific list of goals written down, it can help to make you more motivated and focused to achieve them.

Goals are incredibly important to have, and the fact that your bucket list can make those goals clearer and more tangible is really important.

3. You Will Create Lasting Memories

Memories are one of life’s greatest treasures. As you start to accomplish the things on your bucket list, you will also be making wonderful memories each time. Since you are doing the things you really want to do, those memories will bring you comfort, a sense of achievement and give you something positive to look back on and share with others.

Bucket list Create Lasting Memories

4. It Will Pull You Forward

Have you ever been in a “funk” in life, or maybe you have had bouts of feeling down or depressed that have kept you from doing the things you typically enjoy? No one wants to stay in that kind of mindset for long. Because a bucket list can help to give you a sense of purpose, it can also give you the motivation to pull yourself out of a funk. It can call you to do something new, something different, or something that even challenges you. Sometimes, that’s all a person needs to be pulled out of a tired or depressed state.

Additionally, doing something on your bucket list will help to distract you for a while. That can be a great solution for someone who has anxiety or tends to focus too much on the negative things in life. Sometimes, a distraction can be a welcomed reprieve.

5. You Will Experience Life-Long Learning

When you commit yourself to having new experiences, you are also committing yourself to learning something new. So many people think that learning stops when you finish school, but you can learn so much more simply by living and trying more new things throughout your life. People who embrace this type of lifestyle are called “lifelong learners”. The reality is this; you will never be able to learn everything there is to know. But, because all of us have such a short time on this planet to figure things out, the more experiences we participate in, the more that we will learn and grow. Not only can a bucket list help you to learn things about different cultures, skills, situations, people and personalities.

It can also help you to learn more about yourself. Closing your mind off to the idea of lifelong learning will cause you to become stagnant with your thoughts and your growth. As a human being, you should have a desire to continue to grow and achieve as much as you possibly can throughout your life. Working through your bucket list can help you to achieve that.

Bucket List For Life long Learning

6. You Will Never Run Out of Things to Do

If you sit down to make a bucket list, you might write down anywhere from 10-100 things that you really want to do. But, it doesn’t have to stop there. Chances are, as you start to work through some of the things on your list, you will come up with more ideas.

Experiencing new things, and even challenging things, is a great way to get inspired and motivated to continue on that trend. A bucket list can truly be never-ending as you come up with more exciting new ideas and goals for yourself.

Building Your Bucket List and Bettering Your Life

There are so many additional reasons why you should create a bucket list for yourself. Remember, a bucket list is a very personal thing, and the experiences you put on the list should be things that you truly want to do or accomplish. Don’t make them  so unrealistic that you will never plan on committing to. Instead, promise yourself that you will immerse yourself in those experiences.

A bucket list might be something you create to accomplish things before you pass on, but in creating one and diving into new experiences, there is a good chance you will feel more alive than ever!

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8 Ways to Take Care of Yourself Every Day

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8 Ways to Take Care of Yourself Every Day

Self-care is a term that gets thrown around a lot lately, to the point where it’s easy to ignore or blow it off as some kind of “buzz word”. But, it’s so much more than that, and when you are willing to take self-care seriously, you might just start to see how much easier it will be to get through each day. (more…)

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The Top 8 Most Important Things in Life

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The Top 8 Most Important Things in Life

It is easy for people to speculate and debate about the most important things in life. You have probably heard that “the best things in life are free” or that “love is all you need”, but what about what are the most important? What do you really need in this life in order to find contentment and fulfillment? (more…)

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