The winter season is rolling around and now that the days are shorter (hello Daylights Savings time!) people are must more susceptible to feeling down. During this time of year many people begin to feel some form of seasonal depression, a type of depression that is related to seasons changing. It typically occurs at the same time every year. For most, symptoms start in the fall and continue through the winter, making them feel sluggish, moody, and sad. If you have a severe case of seasonal affective disorder, amping up your serotonin intake with antidepressants may be the right option for you. If you don’t have such severe symptoms, but you’re still feeling the winter blues, consider creating excitement and joy in your week by adding spontaneity. It can become extremely mundane to go through the motions and do the same thing day in and out. Without excitement, you will soon find yourself sad and bored of your own life. Simple changes done on a weekly basis will greatly improve your overall satisfaction.
Enjoy A Morning Workout
Starting the day in a more healthy, mindful way sets the tone for your entire day. This will feel much better than completing the same, tiring routine of rolling out of bed and rushing like crazy before you even begin the workday. This adds spontaneity because it gives you something new to do and look forward to as soon as you wake up in the morning. You could sign up for an early morning workout class at a gym or fitness studio or you could crack open your laptop and enjoy one of the endless fitness options out there on YouTube. No matter what you choose, you will feel good knowing you got out of your comfort zone and tried something new and healthy all before most people even woke up.
Step Out Of The Office For Lunch
If you are used to eating the same sandwich for lunch everyday at your desk, spice up your workday by going somewhere special during your break! This spontaneous lunch break can be done even if you are working from home. Trade that boring sandwich in for a slice of Margherita pizza or your favorite açaí bowl. You deserve the simple pleasure of eating something delicious.
About a year ago, after a stressful day at work a coworker and I decided to head over to a swanky restaurant down the street for a glass of wine during our 2pm lunch break. It felt so nice to give myself the luxury of going to a nice restaurant and it felt special to go midday on a random day of the week. This is a simple way to break up the monotony and add some joy to your otherwise mundane day.
Get Coffee With A Friend After Work
Another great way add spontaneity to your week is to stop waiting for the weekend to make plans with friends. I love meeting with friends during the week because it brings me excitement and something to look forward to. It feels so good to connect with people and that feeling shouldn’t be restricted to two days of the week. You do not have to do anything expensive or crazy. Even something as simple as grabbing a quick coffee after work will feel special when you do it at an unexpected time with someone that you love.
Go To A Fun Event
Going to an event during the week may feel stressful, but it ends up being a great midweek break. Normally I will avoid going to a concert or any other type of event midweek, but I have found that going on those days actually makes my entire week feel much more enjoyable. Not only does it give me something to look forward to, but it also gives me something to reminisce about during the next day.
If you are not truly spending your week doing things that you enjoy, you will not live a life that you enjoy. It is as simple as that. These simple tips will add excitement to your life and give you something to look forward to and enjoy. It could be an art class, celebration with friends, cooking class, and more. There are so many enjoyable things to experience and you never have to wait for the weekend. Get out of the habit of waiting for a specific day to enjoy yourself. Every day of your life has the potential to be amazing.
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