H.O.E. Activities

H.O.E. Activities

Hello Navy Gang!

This has not only been a season of cold weather, but for some, it has been a season of cold feelings.

According to Psychology Today, Seasonal affective disorder is estimated to affect 10 million Americans. Another 10 percent to 20 percent may have mild SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder). SAD is four times more common in women than in men. The age of onset is estimated to be between the age of 18 and 30. Some people experience symptoms severe enough to affect quality of life, and 6 percent require hospitalization.

The reduced level of sunlight in fall and winter may cause winter-onset SAD. This decrease in sunlight may disrupt your body's internal clock and lead to feelings of depression.

In addition to the decrease in sunlight, the US is still battling the Coronavirus pandemic and people are still not able to simply be outside.

As we reconfigure our new lifestyles and changing the way we live our daily lives, now is the perfect time to participate in HOE activities.

Yes.

HOE.

Activities.

Happiness over Everything Activities.

You are welcome to more scandalous and liberating activities if you choose. You have every right.

Here are a list of activities that may help strengthen your inner HOE brain muscles.

Physical Activity. Add some physical activity to your day. Go for a walk. Do 10 jumping jacks. Dance around the house for 15 minutes. Complete some form of physical activity. The interpretation is completely yours.
Practice Gratitude. Gratitude. Giving thanks has shown to be connected to one's happiness because it requires acknowledging the good. There is at least one good thing in your life, hold it close.
Set achievable goals. Look at your day or week, or month at a glance and set an goal that you know that is achievable. Maybe cleaning a junk drawer, donating older clothes and shoes, starting that new project. Even if your goal is just to start, you will have that as a win!
Practice Regular Acts of Kindness. Do something kind for yourself, a family member, or a friend. Write a letter, send a kind text message, or do something nice for a neighbor. A small gesture of kindness can go a long way, and make you feel better in the process.
Let go of grudges. 99% of the time, you are the only one still upset. Let it go, hold space for your grief so that you may heal, and move forward.
Drink more water. Water is good for your skin, your hair, your blood cells, and your serotonin. Fill up.

 

At the end of each day, find time reflect on your day and acknowledge all of your feelings, the good and the bad. Practice patience with yourself and grow at your pace, not the pace of the world.

Remember Navy Gang to always choose, or make time, for some HOE Activities. 

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