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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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10 Ways to be Happy Instantly

When life throws lemons at you, you take the lemons and make some lemonade! That has always been my way of going through life and dealing with things. I refuse to dwell on negatives and I make the most of what I do have. But then again, let’s be real. It can be very hard sometimes to be happy and stay happy. Now that I look back at most of the things I worried about and what kept me up at night, there was no need for the worry. I wish I knew that back then.

 

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Here are 10 ways to be happy instantly, if you want.

 

Count your Blessings

Counting my many blessings always makes me so happy. I could be having a bad day, but once I start to list my blessings one by one, I remember how lucky I am. I try to write down 10 things I am grateful for every week and it lifts my mood instantly.

 

Speak with a Loved One

I like to speak with my close friends and family when I feel low. It boasts my mood instantly and reduces my stress levels. A good chit-chat is always good.

 

Play with the Kids

Playing with my kids always leaves me feeling good and drained. Whenever I feel low and frustrated, I just ignore the work and chores, and play with them. I enjoy seeing the world through their eyes.

 

Say a Prayer

I like to say a prayer whenever I feel unhappy. Praying about whatever is troubling me helps to put my mind at ease. It works every time.

 

Exercise

Exercise helps me feel amazing. A good workout puts me in a fantastic mood. I am currently on top of my fitness routine thanks to the very useful GymCube fitness website. It has been a lifesaver as I can work out conveniently anytime from the comfort of my home, and feel amazing. I am working on strengthening and defining my body, and I am beginning to notice the difference already. You can join me on my fitness journey with GymCube. There are various packages available, so go have a look on the website.

 

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Listen to Music

Music is like food to my soul. I have always been a huge lover of music. I love listening to my African Jams, Pop, Country, Rhythm & Blues, and even country. Music has the power to lift my mood.

 

Be Kind to Someone

Being extra nice to someone makes me very happy. I like putting a smile on as many people’s faces as possible. Making others happy makes me happy.

 

Plan a Holiday

Having an upcoming holiday makes me feel very giddy. The adrenaline rush I get just thinking about vacations planned is the best thing ever! It puts me in a happy mood instantly.

 

Eat a good happy meal

Eating a good meal puts me in a great mood. The saying – A hungry woman is an angry woman, is so true.

 

Keep Smiling

Like I said in the beginning of this post, regardless of how I feel, I don’t dwell on the negatives. I like to wear a smile on my face and be happy.

 

How do you stay happy?

Why spa treatments are good for you

If I had an unlimited budget, I would go for a spa treatment every weekend. The feeling I get after a good massage and facial is so amazing. A good spa treatment relaxes me, and gets me ready for whatever lies ahead. I don’t have as many spa treatments as I would want to but I try to book a treatment once a month most times.

I am always on the lookout for spas with deals and offers. I recently came across The Moroccan Spa marocMaroc at Urban Retreat, and I like the sound of the treatments offered. I will be exploring them further.

 

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There are so many health and beauty benefits of spa treatments. So if you are thinking of treating yourself to a lovely spa treatment this autumn/winter, here are some reasons why you should go for it.

 

A good massage helps with circulation and decrease inflammation

A good massage has the power to calm you down and keep you relaxed, free from aches and pains. A good massage also improves blood flow throughout the body and general cardiovascular health. A good massage also helps boast a healthier immune system.

 

It helps the heart

The essential oils used in spa treatments does more than soothing and relaxing. Research has proven that the effects of a brief exposure to essential oils can also benefit the heart. It was also found to reduce blood pressure and the heart rate. However, research has also shown that the downside is after an hour of exposure to essential oils, people’s hearts begin to rebel and climb up again. So best to stick to an hour-long massage with lavender oil.

 

Soothes the aches and pains

Most of us are aware of this benefit, and this is one of the main reasons why I have regular spa treatments. A good massage soothes all my aches and a pains. As a busy working mum of 2, I am usually complaining of a back pain by the end of a crazy week. So having a massage session booked after a crazy week is usually the best thing ever!

 

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Spa treatments are a bit of pampering

Sometimes in the middle of life’s hustle and bustle, we just need to sit back and let someone else do the pampering. That is also the main reason why I enjoy staying over at hotels and eating out. I am forever caring for and meeting the needs of others, so to be on the receiving end is amazing for my mental health.

Self-care is essential, and  we should take it more seriously. Spa treatments are a good way to get a bit of pampering. It is a great way of getting taken care of that is psychologically and culturally acceptable, and we can carry that feeling of being cared for with us for a period of time. Which would help us better with stress in the long run.

 

When last did you have a spa treatment? I know I am badly in need of 1.

 

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