With a heartful of love, I say to you whatever makes you feel happy, do it on a regular basis.
I have been thinking about what makes me feel good. Many of us suffer with lower mood as the light recedes and the dark takes over more of our daily lives. Even before the clocks go back in late October, the change is there to be felt.
So I’ve been thinking what I can do to maintain my energy and enthousiasm for life through til the spring. I have had to be bold and hardcore about the following five choices. It wasn’t easy to whittle down. But here we are. My top five things to do which make me happy.
1. Reading novels
Reading novels has gotten lost in the past few years as my reading has turned increasingly toward medical issues, business development and homeopathy. Novel reading has gotten squeezed out and I want it back. Fiction reading has always been at the core of me.. So, the first thing I did was to delete my Twitter account. I had reached news saturation point. I have deleted Facebook on my phone. Now, when I want a break from what I am doing, I pick up the novel I have on the go. As a result of this approach I have read four novels in the past two months. And I am glowing from the experience.
2. Going to the cinema
Never far off my radar, cinema going comes into its own once the weather starts to cool and the evenings lengthen. I have also recently been invited to a screening of a film of choice at 20th Century Flicks on Christmas Steps in central Bristol. Eleven seats, a bring-your-own approach to refreshments and snacks, and a choice of 1000s of films across loads of genres. All for £60. Can’t go wrong there. It’s as close as I’ll get to having my own private cinema.
I’m back to another evening class come the beginning of November. Life drawing again. I haven’t quite had enough of it yet after doing a six week course earlier in the year. I love learning new things. And evening classes provide me with a focus each week – taking me out of my comfort zone, out of my house, out of my skill base. Classes I have started in the past few years include beginner guitar lessons and beginner and intermediate Italian. I have recently started a course of beginners Hatha yoga.
4. Taking photographs
Most of us carry a camera around in our pockets these days. And I love taking photos. For the most part this happens on my morning walks with my dog, Roxy. This gives me a daily opportunity to indulge my passion. This photo was taken some years back on a beach in Wales. An impromptu family long jump competition. If you fancy having a look at what I photograph, browse my Instagram account here. It makes me feel good to look back on the lovely things I have done and photographed.
Those of you who have read other blogs of mine will know about my daily need for walking. This honestly wasn’t there before we got our dog but is now firmly part of my daily life. When Roxy was literally unable to walk last autumn, I found myself at a loss each day. I was restless and out of sorts. Finally it occurred to me that my daily fix was not being met. At least an hour’s walk at the start of every day is what I need. the fresh air. The (blue) sky. The wind on my face. It’s all good. Sitting somewhere high and looking over green stuff.
So what about you? What are you going to do to keep feeling good as autumn melds into winter?
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