Tried and tested; Putting up your Christmas decorations early improves your mental health. This year the UK was greeted by one of the hottest summer’s we’ve had in a long time and this resulted in a ton of vitamin D for us humans. So naturally, whether you have a mental illness or not, late October, early November days get shorter and a little duller, we’re no longer blessed with hours and hours of beautiful vitamin D and moods start to decrease!
This time of year is known for its plague of SAD (Seasonal affective disorder) Syndrome (Winter Depression) I get it and a lot of people I know get it.
Symptoms of SAD
Symptoms of SAD can include:
- a persistent low mood
- a loss of pleasure or interest in normal everyday activities
- feelings of despair, guilt and worthlessness
- feeling lethargic (lacking in energy) and sleepy during the day
- sleeping for longer than normal and finding it hard to get up in the morning
- craving carbohydrates and gaining weight
For some people, these symptoms can be severe and have a significant impact on their day-to-day activities.
The following was copy and pasted from the NHS website. Read more about SAD syndrome here
So how DOES Christmas decorations help with all of the above???
Christmas is all about LIGHTS! The brighter and twinklier the better! At this time of year our homes are cold and dull and adding in those beautiful Christmas decorations is sure to brighten your place up and make it feel all that cozier. Trust me.
You’re always going to get those people who ridicule you and take the mickey for you putting your trimmings up and if you, like me let that bother you then don’t. I haven’t and by the 5th of November, my house was covered in Christmas decorations that involved 5 Christmas Trees – I am writing this post on the 7th of November, two days after my decorations have been erected and let me tell you to know that I’ve got so much work done in the last few days that I am actually finding it hard to believe myself.
Light up your life, literally. Shove on those Christmas movies because as much as they’re dripping the soggiest cheese imaginable they really do give off all those warm and fuzzy feelings that make you feel as though you’re getting a cuddle from the inside.
I mean, read the post below, it goes into more detail of why you’ll be happier if you trim up early.