My 7 Ways To Stop That Strange Feeling

Lately I’ve been a little… not sure what to call ‘it‘, ‘that feeling“.  I’m sure everyone’s felt it at some time?  That feeling…when you’re just a little ‘out of it’, not unwell, but a little…fed up?  

Is it the change of season? Am I affected by SAD, Seasonal Affective Disorder?  I’m not sure, but we’ve been so used to the sunny long evenings and enjoyed the great weather we’ve had this Summer along with the extended amount of warmth to our Autumn days, but now here we are, it seems, all of a sudden with the grey, colder days and the darker evenings, which creep in from around three o’clock in the afternoon, making me feel a little robbed of part of a day and it surprises me every single year how quickly it gets dark.  I’ve gone from having so much energy during the Spring, Summer and early Autumn months, keeping up with my fitness and generally feeling good to wanting to hibernate, not having much energy and wanting to curl up with a good book in front of the fire!

I hate that I’ve been a little…lack lustre this last week or so, it’s just not me but hey, I think I’m coming out of it, because now I’ve put away all my Summer clothes and actually enjoyed bringing out my Winter coats, jumpers and boots, had some beautiful Autumn walks, the boat’s all warm and cosy and I’ve been creating some warming Winter dinners, this ‘silly‘ mood seems to be lifting.

I’m ready! Bring it on Winter! I’ve got my Mo-Jo back! 

I’ve brushed myself off, slapped myself across the face a few times, (not recommended at all!) and reminded myself that, I do actually like our four seasons in our fabulous country!  Winter is a good time of year.  We need the rain, we need the frost, (not sure why we have to have the early dark nights, but hey ho) and I love playing in the snow!  Personally, we also have a lot to look forward to because this weekend we are heading down to see family in Cornwall for a short break, then there’s Christmas of course, which I absolutely love!  No bah-humbugging comments here please! Then there’s another trip down to Cornwall after Christmas, for more festive fun and frolics and, and, and…(I’m actually doing a happy dance now…) drum roll please…Oh Yes Folks, we’ve booked our next snowboarding holiday, (well it’s exciting for us anyway) 😉 more on that coming soon!

We’re all allowed to have ‘off days’, ‘down days’, ‘lack lustre days’ or have times when we just feel, fed up.  That’s ok, as long as you can give yourself a quick nudge and bring yourself out of it.

What did I do to give myself this nudge?

  • Got Cosy! Of course as the colder weather has crept in we’ve made the boat really cosy.  It helps having a log burner on the boat because it is beautiful and instantly brings a big hug to the boat.  I also love low lights and candles.
  • Winter Food! Don’t you just love those Winter warming foods?  Stew and dumplings, casseroles, various bakes, chilli’s, curry’s, soups…I could go on and on with all the scrumptious Winter warmers and of course there are the numerous warming cocktails you can concoct if you fancy.
    If you need any recipes, then check out my Pinterest link, I’m always saving delicious recipes to my ‘Great Food Recipes’ board.
  • Got my welly-bobs on! I tend to go for a few walks a day, one being a good long one  and if you’ve got a good coat, hat, gloves and your welly boots on, then who cares about the rain and muddy puddles! Enjoy them! IMG_9127I try to go where there are plenty of trees, because walking amongst these awesome natural beauties instantly lifts my spirits.   I put my phone away in my pocket, (except when there’s a good photo opportunity) and look up to the tree tops, watch them whirl around in the wind, watch the birds, the squirrels and breath.  To me there’s no better tonic.
  • Spoil Yourself!  To be honest, I’m not very good at this myself, but I do try to put some time aside to have some ‘Me’ time.  Time to do the things you like to do.  Again, put down your phone, try to stay away from all the techno stuff for a little while.  It’ll still be there when you get back to it.  I love having a long soak in a candle lit bath with a glass of wine, (yes I can do that on the boat) I do love Yoga, it relaxes me and it is something I keep telling myself I need to do more of.  What ever it is that you know relaxes you, try to find the time, (I’m telling myself this!).
  • I Get Jiggy!  Well ok, I know what some of you are thinking and yes that too helps with the loved up and happy feeling 😉 I was actually thinking about dancing about the place.  It may sound daft, but I always have the radio on while in the boat and what ever it is I am doing, I ‘jig about’, in other words, I dance! Yes, I dance when I’m stood at the sink washing up, I ‘jig about’ while I’m stood at my computer.  My PC is at a counter which is waist high, which means I can stand so that I can keep moving.  I ‘jig about’ when I’m cleaning as it makes me happy, I’m just glad no one can see me, I hope.
  • Exercise!  As well as ‘jigging about‘ on the boat, I do tend to exercise, which does make me feel immediately better.  Apart from walking and my inconsistent Yoga time, I love to mountain bike with Jon, IMG_3864but with Winter closing in, we’ve now managed to bag ourselves a new incentive – an indoor cycle trainer, which now sits in the wheelhouse. I have no excuse not to keep fit in the Winter months now.
  • Positive Thinking! I know this can be easier said than done, but there is usually something to look forward to, whether that’s looking forward to spending Christmas with family or trips away or both.  If the festive season doesn’t do it for you or you don’t have plans to go away, then maybe small changes to your surroundings will lift your spirits, such as decorating or de-cluttering.  I wrote a post last year about how de-cluttering was surprisingly up-lifting, getting rid of clutter had a great impact on me.  Jon has nearly finished fitting a new bathroom on the boat and it’s strange how exciting it is to see it take shape, (more on this coming soon too).  As it’s Thanksgiving in the USA and although we don’t celebrate this in the UK, personally, I do believe it’s nice to spend a little time, every now and again to ponder about what I have to be thankful for and it doesn’t take me long to realise that I have such a lot to be thankful for and that in itself is the biggest nudge I need to push ‘that strange feeling‘ aside and smile.

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    A Wet ‘n’ Muddy Selfie

During these few weeks of my very unusual ‘lack lustre’ time, I feel I have neglected my blog a little and also have quite a number of blog posts to read and catch up on, so I apologise for that, but after giving myself that little nudge I needed, I’ll get back to it!

By the way, I didn’t actually slap myself around the face, although I did want to!

I’d be interested to know if the change of season affects anyone else?  If so, what do you do to give yourself a nudge?

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33 thoughts on “My 7 Ways To Stop That Strange Feeling

    1. I think keeping moving is the key, I always feel better after exercise, even if it’s a good walk 🙂 It’s such a strange feeling isn’t it? It just annoyed me!

  1. Your post was quite a tonic! I had been feeling pretty fed up with the temperatures dropping as I am very much at my best in Spring and Summer. That said, we really did have fabulous Summer, and Autumn has been just beautiful, so I shall not complain but shall use the Winter to reflect on this past year, and will rest, relax and recharge, when I am not rushing about here, there and everywhere lol. Thanks Sam!

    1. Thank you! I do think there are many people who feel the same way Liola, such a strange feeling, but being busy I’m sure helps 🙂

  2. absolutely no excuse not to be happy… i jig and jog and jug – well not jog obv cos the dog embarrasses me by going so slowly while i look as if I’m tacking into a head wind (I have no clue what that means but it does sound very hard). So, yes change the seasons, pull on my big boy boots, get ready for a stippling of mud when Dog has a good shake and get out there. The cafes still serve coffee and cake and it’s even more welcome than in hot summer. And I’ve booked to ski (sorry, i’ll humbuggery about snow boarders until I’m pushing up the piste – you should be ashamed!!) but nothing more glorious than getting on the slopes and hurtling down under ones own steam…

    1. You’re right this time Geoff… there is no excuse not to be happy. I too pull on my big Girl boots & my walks are half way between fast, with my collie & slow with a lagging pug, but oh no, first it’s horses now it’s snowboarders! What is wrong with you??!! I used to like you! We Snowboarders are friendly folk, laughing as we glide down the slopes in that ultra cool way 😎 feeling sorry for the guys battling clumsily with two separate boards on their feet going in opposite directions mostly. (It’s hard enough with one!) still, it’s a wonderful way to get down a glorious mountain which ever way you choose 😊

      1. Well, we will have to just love our differences Sam! And for every involuntary split I will raise you the fact I can stand upright when stationary and don’t have to dislocate my foot when getting on a lift…

    1. I get slightly confused with your seasons Cynthia. Has your weather calmed down now? You were having storms & a ton of rain not so long ago

      1. Don’t feel bad. I get slightly confused by our weather, too. It’s been weird these last several years; we alternate between extreme draught and flash flooding. We just had some rain last weekend, and then it got cold, and now it’s pleasant outside. In a few days, it will be almost warm and then it’s going to cool off again. Typically, this is the time of year that is our secondary storm season, when the fading summer heat collides with cold air out of the north; but it’s been fairly uneventful here this year.

  3. Hi, Sam – I’m glad that your feeling better. Sounds like we have been on the same page in many ways. Today, I put away my summer clothes and replaced them with my winter ones. Last night I made meatloaf, mashed potatoes, and gravy…I highly recommend it as a winter comfort food. And, I’ve had our fireplace going each morning. My theory about winter is, if you can’t escape from it, you may as well embrace it. I love your tips for doing just that!

    1. Thanks Donna and oh yes meatloaf and mashed potatoes with a good gravy sounds wonderful! It’s strange because I’ve never minded Winter, in fact I do enjoy walking in the rain and love snow, I also love wrapping up in big coats and snuggling in front of a fire, so not sure what ‘that feeling’ has been all about? It’s not lasted long though 🙂 I’m back to it. Thank you!

  4. Sam, keep your pecker up and I couldn’t image you to let “things” get you down for long. Sometimes a day or two now and again hibernating can be restore your reserves. We all need time out no matter what season. Fun having dogs to walk they will always keep you in balance 🧡

    1. Thanks you Suzanne 🙂 You’re right, It never lasts for long with me, I bounce back very quickly and as you say, that’s mainly due to having my two, four legged friends to walk and play with 🙂

  5. De-cluttering is always good. I’ve got loads of clutter and it always makes me feel better to get rid of some of it.

    I’m glad you’re coming out of your ‘lacklustre’ moment.

  6. Glad to hear your back on track Sam. I think for me, life is just so busy I don’t get a chance to even notice change of seasons!! I can’t believe Summer is finally here for us in less than 2 weeks, though it’s been raining here all week and feels like winter. That’s Melbourne for you! 😉

  7. Kind of feeling that right now but perhaps only because I think I’m coming down with something. Had a week off last week and got out walking several times in the Peaks and the Lakes. You are so right trees and they look amazing right now in their autumnal colours.

    1. Hope you’re feeling better George, surely the Peaks and Lakes would’ve done the trick, stunning areas 🙂

      1. Indeed! Just got that drained, cold to your bones feeling and the start of a sore throat. Hopefully will shrug it off and get out this weekend. The boat sounds wonderful with the wood burner. I actually love this time of year, but hate letting go of summer (just as you describe).

        1. I love how you say ‘letting go of summer’ that’s just it isn’t it?! The transition period 😊 we’ll have a great weekend & hopefully you’ll feel better soon 👍

    1. Thank you 😊 I think there’s beauty in all seasons, I agree though, it can be difficult to cope with heat sometimes 😊 thank you for reading x

  8. Your advice is spot on, Sam! I’ve suffered from this occasionally, but I dont feel the effects until February. I’m able to get through winter because of all the festivities and busyness. For me, I need some sunshine which stimulates the pituitary gland through the optic nerve. The last few years, we’ve managed to take a trip south in January: Hawaii last January, and a southwest roadtrip this winter. Great reminder for us all to be mindful of our health!

    1. Oh Terri, sounds like you get ‘this strange feeling’ worse than I do. It’s good that you know exactly whats happening and can do something about it. Absolutely, we have to be very mindful of our health. Have a great road trip! 🙂

  9. I’ve always loved the autumn and winter months in the UK, Sam. And I love the run up to Christmas even better. The only time I seem to get grumpy is during the summer when it’s hot and humid. It always brings out the worse in me, especially given that being so fair-skinned means I can’t spend too much time outside.

    I think we all get this feeling you speak about, but in different ways. I’ve been very lackless with my writing of blog posts recently. It seems nothing can bring me out of it, but I know it will pass and the ideas will come flooding back. However, it’s given me a chance to step back into life outside of blogging, and wow! I’ve been having a great time doing other stuff instead. It’s made me think how our time here is so precious.

    And no need to apologise about not blogging, Sam. After all, it’s meant to be about fun and enjoyment, so ‘blog’ when the mood takes you. Never force yourself to blog.

    1. Hugh, you never fail to make me feel better! That’s a great word- lackless, We’ve just had a few days away in Cornwall, walking on the beach, bike riding & seeing family, the best tonic because I feel great & full of energy again 😊 you’re totally right Hugh, taking a step back makes the world of difference, both in the blogging world and life 😊

  10. Hi Sam I love that you have pulled yourself up, dusted yourself off and started again. I’ve been feeling the same as you and we can wallow in that down feeling or we can do something about it. Thanks for sharing how you were feeling and also some ways you overcame it. Have a great week and take care. xx

    1. Thank you Sue, I am usually a positive, busy & energetic person, but sometimes that ‘strange feeling’ gets the better of us. Like you say Sue, getting yourself out of it is key. I think it’s good to be honest with how we’re feeling because, as I’ve found, most people have the same feelings and as we all know, it’s good to talk 😀 You continue to inspire me Sue with your energy & positive vibes 🤗

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