Simple Suggestions to Dispel the Doldrums
These suggestions came to me through a blog posted by Amara Rose. They were meant for seniors as a means to help shift those blues that come with more alone time or a stagnant sense of being. I’m sure you’ll agree that these little things can help not only our older friends, but all of us as we approach winter, the days get shorter, and our opportunities to interact with others may go dormant for the season.
See what you think – can these ideas help you to brighten your mood in just a moment’s time?
- Call someone you haven’t seen or spoken with in a while
- Take a quick walk through nature.
- DANCE! (or simply shake your body or tap your toes – it’s invigorating!)
- Walk a labyrinth – an ancient meditative art form. Didn’t know we had any in Hampton Roads? Here are 4 for starters:
Church of the Ascension 405 Talbot Hall Rd. Norfolk
Edgar Cayce’s A.R.E. – 215 67th St. Virginia Beach
St. Aidan’s Episcopal Church 3201 Edinburgh Dr. Virginia Beach
Old Donation Episcopal Church 4449 N. Witchduck Rd. Virginia Beach
- Watch a funny movie or video.
- Offer to help someone else, especially a shut-in.
- Indulge in a ritual specific for your time of day. Ex: Curl up in the morning with a cup of tea or coffee and read a magazine; Curl up in the evening with your favorite easy-listening music and that magazine or book.
- Make a mental gratitude list of all the experiences you’ve had that have enriched your life.
- Recite – out loud – the names of all the people you love, or have ever loved.
If you’re worried that you’ll forget these things when you most need to remember them, post the list on your refrigerator or keep a note card with suggestions handy – in a purse, wallet, or on a bedside table. When you’re feeling down, pull out the card or look at the list and give it a try!
Charlene Turner, Mortgage Consultant & Reverse Mortgage Specialist (NML# 456052), Tidewater Home Funding