Thursday, June 14, 2012

Sunny Day Activities!

Today it is finally a gorgeous day in Maine. After a long bought of rain, I realize how emotionally affected I am by the weather. As many saw on my Rainy Day Blues post, I feel a bit like this sullen creature on rainy days:
versus this slightly more zealous creature on sunny days:
Okay, I realize that I'm a cat in both pictures. But somehow the cats best represented my wavering moods with the change of weather. 

So, as a hypochondriac, instead of taking these signs to mean a lack of Vitamin D or simple reaction to the weather. I convinced myself that I had Seasonal Affective Disorder. 
Obsessing over the SAD definition with multiple readings and trying to determine whether there was a season where I was a bit more glum than others led me to a discovery: no one should be allowed to self-diagnosis from something that we read online, especially not hypochondriacs. 

Instead I leave you with a list of fun things to do on a sunny day:

1. Do Sun Salutations or Surya Namaskars outside. Find a nice grassy area with a view that gives you some peace and happiness, lay out your yoga mat, and do this movement dedicated to the sun in or facing the sun. Grab your itunes if you prefer music or just let the sounds outside guide you. If you've never done sun salutations, here are the steps to Sun Salutation A. Do as many as feel good to your body, but I suggest to do at least 5 if you can.
Even if you are already familiar with Surya Namaskar A, you may find that doing the movements outside sheds some new light of meaning and different mental and physical feelings. 

2. Go for a hike.
Or a walk
Just get outside and move :) 
3. Grab this cute J Crew bathing suit and go to the beach. Also make sure to bring sunscreen. 

4. Play with your dog. It doesn't have to be in the same way that Jasper is playing with my dog Melvin, but we found making this video a hysterical and super cute experience:

5. If available to you, I suggest to end your sunny day with a boat ride at sunset. 
Just make sure that you don't end up in the water upon exiting the boat like might happen to someone who has my ailment of being an elegant klutz
Obviously Pamela Anderson feels my pain. 

Have a good day! Enjoy the sun. 

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