It’s that time of year when spring should be in the air! But unfortunately for those of us in the Northeast or Midwest (I heard they got hit with another snow storm this week!), it still feels cold and raw most days, leaving many of us dreaming of California sunshine.
Weather can certainly affect our mood—when our climate makes it difficult to get outside, our mood can often be negatively impacted.
And maybe it’s something other than the constant rain or cold keeping you inside. You might be stuck at work for long hours, or maybe you’re sick and your second week on the couch is getting to you. No matter what the cause is, I wanted to focus this month’s newsletter on three skills that can help you manage those negative moods (stress and anxiety, for example) that might occur when getting outside becomes challenging.
So if you are struggling with your mood because your usual outside hobbies have had to take a backseat, these skills could help you shift into a better-feeling state.
1. Take a break from your negative mood state and try listening to a podcast or audiobook. Taking mini-breaks is so important to managing overall stress levels that can show up when we start to feel cooped up. Doing something enjoyable during the day allows us to regroup and get back to the challenges we’re facing with more ease.
2. Look at photos of happy moments you have stored on your phone. Looking back at fun moments can evoke positive emotions. If you have fun videos you’ve recorded, try watching those too.
3. Get up and move your body, even if you are stuck inside for most of your waking hours. Do some stretching, walk around the office, or find a short yoga or walking video on YouTube. Research shows that moving our body positively affects our mood, so give it a try!
Being indoors does take a toll on mood, especially when it’s for a prolonged period of time. But whatever the reason you’re finding yourself cooped up, just remember that now is not forever, and building a more enjoyable indoor routine will help you get through it.
Hoping sunny days, warm air, and a slight breeze reach all of us soon!
As always, sending good energy your way!
Originally published at www.progresswellness.com