If this weather is getting to you, you’re not alone! On one end of the spectrum are people who are battling Seasonal Affective Disorder, and the other end is people are who are just feeling ‘down’ due to the weather. For this article, we’ll really be focusing more on those who are just feeling a bit off and a bit discouraged by the weather. With relentless snow and cold temps in the Red River Valley, we need to ‘create our own weather.’

First, let’s look at some of the specific factors that contribute to many people feeling ‘down’ due to the weather:

  • lack of sunlight impacts our Vitamin D levels and our serotonin levels
  • we might be frustrated because we are always cold since we’re dressing for spring
  • we have our own expectations of what the weather ‘should’ be right now
  • we aren’t getting enough fresh air
  • we resort to comfort foods and treats to stay warm and feel better
  • the cold weather inhibits us from connecting with friends, so we have less face to face connections
  • we may be more inclined to be connected to social media when it’s cold out

Here are some things you can do to ‘create your own weather.’ This starts with your mindset and continues with your actions and behaviors. (Keep in mind, there is no need to get overwhelmed and do everything on the list; just take action on one or two items and see how it goes!)

  • Maintain your perspective that this is just weather, you can’t control it, it will pass, and really, it doesn’t need to be the focus
  • Dress warmly to feel cozy
  • Get outside and get fresh air (while dressed warmly, of course)
  • Listen to and watch things that are inspirational and uplifting; music, stories, videos, funny movies (avoid keeping a constant eye on the weather)
  • Get together with a friend, talk to a counselor or a life coach
  • Talk about something else; don’t solely focus on the weather
  • Pray
  • Serve, help others, volunteer
  • Exercise! Get your heart pumping!
  • Use essential oils to uplift your mood
  • Utilize a light therapy box or a Himalayan salt lamp
  • Avoid bad mood foods – sugar, processed foods, deli meats, etc.
  • Eat good mood foods – whole foods, real food, water, green tea
  • Use social media in moderation since studies tend to show this is really not beneficial for our mood
  • Trust in God; the maker of the heavens and the earth

Don’t let the weather dictate your attitude! BE the sunshine and be a light for others! Create your own weather!

“In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.”

Matthew 5:16

(Special thanks to Bonnie from Norman Lutheran Church for sharing the ‘create your own weather’ concept with me!)

 

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