We all have times when we feel a bit low, whether from disturbed sleep or generally disturbed equilibrium from what life has thrown at us. The secret to keeping my spirits up and being in a good mood seems to be mostly about sunshine and walking! Both are important to me. When we have a sunny day I make sure to spend sometime outdoors, even hanging out washing is good but a quiet little sit down in fresh air and sunshine is very restorative and calming. Walking though, now that doesn’t depend on the weather! I walk outdoors and do my version of interval training ( by alternating going in a tearing hurry as if I’m running really late and then walking at a moderate pace). I also do incidental brisk walking too, pushing a pram or supermarket trolley or even doing the stairs at the hospital when hubby has to be there. On a rainy day at home I put on my “walking away the pounds” dvd and go for 20 or 40 minutes. The days I fit in one or both sunshine and walking are good days. Excellent days are when I get to walk somewhere really nice, or walk to get somewhere really nice and sit in the sun when I get there! Try it and see if it works for you! It won’t cost anything and you have nothing to lose.

Posted anonymously, 19th June 2014

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  • When you have the sun on your face and you are out and about is heaven!


  • do this to get in a good mood


  • I’m the same, always have to get outside if the suns shining, to make up for the days I can’t get outside when it rains. I walk as well. Some days I love it, some days I’m a bit tired and don’t enjoy it as much. I also wear ankle weights to boost my energy output


  • I love getting out and walking in the sunshine. It is good to get natural vitamin D.


  • it a a great and exellent story


  • I so agree! Getting the heart rate up and some fresh air always seems to perk me up!


  • I feel like this is something I should be doing. Being outside even on a dull day boosts the chemicals in your brain, rather than being inside. On top of that exercise releases feel good endorphins. You are clearly making the best of every available opportunity and being proactive. Thank you, you have just reminded me of the importance of this, as I have been feeling a bit down and sluggish during the grey of winter.


  • My hubby loves summer and sunshine and has more energy in the warmer sunny months and believes in the SAD disorder. But please a little advice from me, enjoy your sunshine but please remember to apply your sunscreen.

    By Mayo Clinic Staff
    Seasonal affective disorder (also called SAD) is a type of depression that occurs at the same time every year. If you’re like most people with seasonal affective disorder, your symptoms start in the fall and may continue into the winter months, sapping your energy and making you feel moody. Less often, seasonal affective disorder causes depression in the spring or early summer.

    Treatment for seasonal affective disorder includes light therapy (phototherapy), psychotherapy and medications. Don’t brush off that yearly feeling as simply a case of the “winter blues” or a seasonal funk that you have to tough out on your own. Take steps to keep your mood and motivation steady throughout the year.

    • Good advice CHERZ! Do seek help and support if needed.


  • I am glad this works for you but I use hanging out the washing to cry while no one is around and than folding cloths is to help with my anger. I do all this when I go to my Mums to stay and that is how I handle things so my Mum does not hear that it is all upsetting me so much. When people are there I go and hide in a bush at the side of Mums house and have a good howl. Nothing at the moment gives me a pick me up. But I am glad you can do this and it helps with you and I would so love that I could find a happy place.

    • I have got to know you a little from the comments you post on MoM and you are always encouraging others. I’m so sorry you have so much going on in your life that gives you grief. Crying is a good outlet for your feelings when you can’t talk about them. Do sit in the sun too, even 5 or 10 minutes if you can manage it and try to give yourself some “me time”. We need it just as much as the young mums.


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