This time of the year makes me think of the different aspects of light and how my everyday life can become a bit brighter. Candles, fairy lights, lanterns, the options are endless. Some people prefer bio lamps which replace the Vitamin D filled sunlight causing endorphins to be released (the famous happiness hormones). When it’s gloomy and unfriendly outside it’s easy to feel down, demotivated and frustrated. Fellow creatives state that they have no energy and that it’s hard to come up with new ideas. Not only is their environment dark but they often feel as though the mind is in a kind of hibernation.
How can one fight that feeling? You can surround yourself with any of the different light sources I mentioned, or sit close to an open fire. I believe however, that it is the small gestures that enhance your own well-being and lift your mood. Some might find that to mean reading a good book, taking a hot both or perhaps writing a diary. Personally I have found that being kind to myself and treating myself with respect, cosy evenings with friends that are filled with laughter or a warming candlelight dinner with my husband have a very positive impact on me. I am certain that bringing light into other people’s lives improves ones mood too. No, I am not talking just about gifting someone candles or a light bulb; I am talking about bringing joy to others. The lonely nextdoor neighbour might seem happier after your visit, your friend who’s lost her job might feel better after a motivating text message. Helping your grandmother with her food shopping or treating your nephew to an afternoon at the movies adds to the cheerfulness in their lives, a feeling that will certainly bounce straight back to you.
What are your thoughts on light? What brightens up your winter months, your life or the life of people around you? Do you think it matters if you are with or without light?