Yesterday evening, after a girlfriend mentioned that she felt blue, I thought about it and I realized, I do too!! Since the kids went back to school on Monday, I have been working from home, not really wanting to leave my house, feeling sort of in a neutral state. When that goes on for a day or two, I just assume I’m a bit tired. But it has been the whole week and it isn’t stopping. I then remembered, as I tend to forget, that it happens to me EVERY year. Sometimes in the autumn with the change of weather, often in the deep winter, even though we can’t really say that winter is deep around here. Or if is going to get cold and winterish, well, it hasn’t yet! But the sun is low, the joyful holidays are over, the routine has come back, the flu and other illnesses have arrived and our bodies are having to use extra fuel, I suppose.
When I see my cats, I realize that they have it all figured out! In the spring, summer and autumn they are outside, full of energy with just a few naps. But these days, this vision is not uncommon.
There are three of them in that pile and sometimes there are four. I’m always a bit envious when I see them there. Lucky little devils.
So, to deal with this phase of the year, I have a few techniques.
1. Accept it and drink a lot of Yogi herbal teas while working, put on classical music and light a vanilla candle while working. I move more slowly, and take it a bit easy. I have projects for this new year and I have pushed a few things to February because, well, I can.
2. Sleep as much as possible. I get up pretty early, around 6h15 and I go to bed pretty early, usually asleep by 22h – 22h30. Yesterday I fell asleep while reading something at around 14h. It didn’t even prevent me from falling asleep at 22h30 in the evening. That means I’m tired because I usually can’t sleep in the evening if I nap!
3. Make sure I am taking all my supplements (magnesium, iron, Vitamine C, spirulina when I remember)
4. Eat well. We eat more hot food, casseroles, soups, stews but I make sure there are loads of veggies, too. I have been eating a lot of salad, too because the lettuce lady is back at the market and her lettuces are incredible!
5. Read Gretchen Rubin’s Happiness at Home. I read her first one and really enjoyed it and now I’m reading the second. I like her vision of life and happiness.
It will pass and so I am not going to let it get me down.