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SAD – Seasonal Affective Disorder

Winter is sort of here, weather wise anyways, ignore the calendar. And the darkness with chill has got me feeling all types of ways. I miss the sunshine, a lot. This weather makes me want to stay in bed all day and do nothing. I have had to constantly push myself these last couple of days to get work done, and this is definitely not me. Is anyone else dealing with this issue? I have been reading a lot about SAD – Seasonal Affective Disorder, and it has got me thinking. Could that be my issue?

 

SAD – Seasonal Affective Disorder

For those who have never heard of SAD, it is a type of mental disorder that comes and goes in a seasonal pattern. The SAD symptoms often begin in the autumn and usually becomes most severe during the winter months – December, January and February.

 

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I am trying my best to break away from this unproductive state and get things done in time for the holidays. I am not one to dwell on negatives, so snapping out of this bubble is what I am going to do. The GymCube website is also keeping me very busy with the various fitness workouts. Looking forward to seeing the workouts transforms my body and health.

The festive season is here and I am seriously looking forward to Christmas. I have always love Christmas, right from when I was little. There is something special about the season that makes me feel like a child. And I think the kiddies have bitten the C bug as they seem to LOVE Christmas!

 

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I am eager to get 2017 over and done with and start 2018 from the scratch. This year has been incredibly busy but it has been a good sort of busy. I know 2018 would be even better and I can’t wait for the year to start!

I will be taking some days off blogging this month to get myself and my household ready for Christmas. There is a lot of gift wrapping to do, decorations to put up, food to sort out and the general festive stuff. So I would be multi-tasking as much as possible. Wish me luck!

 

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How are you getting ready for Christmas?

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How to Survive Winter this Year

Winter is a beautiful season. The snow makes an amazing backdrop for amazing pictures and it’s a sight to appreciate. My kids love playing in the snow, building snowmen and creating snow angels. We had some heavy rain over the weekend with wind and hail, and they thought the hail were snowflakes. They just can’t wait for the snow to get here!

 

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The winter also ushers in fun activities like skiing, sleighing and ice skating. And of course, winter is the sign of the most amazing season of all: Christmas.

But as wonderful as the season is, it can be pretty cold. With the cold comes the flu and dry skin which can be a serious headache if you do not know how to deal with them early.

I come from the tropics and getting adjusted to the cold was a challenge. Although with time I was able to get used to it, I still have my moments. If you’re like me then here is a mini survival routine you will be needing this season.

 

Get warm clothing

Probably a no-brainer, I know but it really helps a lot to have enough warm clothing to take you through the winter. What I do is to start building momentum by preparing for winter sometime in the middle of autumn, which is now. I gradually layer my clothing or wear warmer outfits as we go closer to winter. This way I would have gotten used to keeping myself warm by the time the winter hits hard.

As a fashion lover, this is the time when I get super creative. It’s more difficult to style during the winter without looking very bulky in woolly jumpers so having enough winter pieces to keep my creativity going as I keep warm helped me a lot.

 

Moisturize often

Winter is the season where your skin dries up faster. When your skin is dry it begins to hurt and your face starts to look flaky. My lips also suffer badly during the autumn/winter season.

I tackle this by increasing the amount of moisturizer I use and drinking more fluids. I also carry some moisturizer and lip balms in my bag to use on the go.

 

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Stay healthy

During the winter you expose yourself to the cold often, so you need to make sure you take care of your health more than ever. You wouldn’t like to fall ill during the winter.

Start a workout routine and keep active. Just because you can’t run outside doesn’t mean that you should stop exercising. I am currently making the most of the GymCube Website and it is helping me stay on top of my fitness game. Keeping fit is important no matter the season. In fact, good exercise helps to keep you warm.

Eat healthy as well. Take plenty of fruits and vegetables to keep the flu at bay. There a lot of fruits and vegetables that spring up during the winter and they are delicious as well as healthy.

 

Do you have any tips to share?

 

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Being Underweight or Overweight is not Cool

I love to write. It is a very rewarding and relaxing exercise. I would be completely lost if I could not read or write for a day. Writing and reading has become a part of life, I can’t do without. Fashion and Style Police allows me make a living, working from home and caring for my children. And it feeds my creative juice, which is amazing. It is really the best of all worlds!

 

 

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Having said that, my fitness life went downhill once I started walking from home. Prior to walking from home, I had a great fitness routine with my gym workouts and all. But once I popped my kids and started working from home full-time, it became a lot harder to find time for exercise. This time last year, I added a few pounds and felt so heavy. I struggled to get rid of the weight but I got there in the end. My body weight is now back to what it used to be and I am happy with it. I also feel lighter and more healthy, which is great.

Going for long walks really helped me lose the weight. I enjoy going for long walks, especially when I am alone. I like to admire nature, while listening to some good music and taking in the beauty that surrounds me and the freshness in the air. That is why I love my school runs. Since the kiddies started pre school, I get out of the house everyday and I also get to walk back and forth alone, in peace, which is great for my mind.

 

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My fitness live is going in the direction I need it to go. As a work-from-home mother, I have to consciously make an effort to stay fit. The GymCube website has been a massive help. The fitness videos are so useful and I find them easy to do at home. Good to know that the excess weight gained is all in the past. I didn’t gain a lot but I felt heavier and my clothes didn’t fit, so that was the cue I needed to get myself back in shape. I am happy with my current weight (I am a size UK 10 or 12 depending on where I shop). All that is needed now is to strengthen and define my body some more.

Being Underweight or Overweight is not Cool

I see a lot of people both online and offline, who are actively promoting their unhealthy body weights. They act like it is ok to be massively underweight or overweight. If the weight is caused by a health related issue, that is completely different. However, if it is not, then something should be done about it.

 

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If you are truly happy with being overweight or underweight, that is fine but please stop promoting these unhealthy lifestyle on social media.  Being overweight/underweight is not cool and it is not healthy. Stop acting like it is! If you find yourself in such a situation, like I did a year ago, do something about it. If you are honestly happy with your size regardless of what it is, then stay quiet about it. The going back and forth on social media with trolls and fans alike is disturbing. You could be a giving a teenager struggling to lose or gain weight, a thumbs up for remaining the way she is. This is not OK.

This has been on my mind for some time now and I am glad I finally got my thoughts down. What do you think? Is being underweight or overweight now cool on online?

 

 

 

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