The Perfect Halloween: To Go Out or Stay In?
Woohoo! Only a few weeks left before Halloween! It’s fair to say that the aisles of your favorite grocery shop are probably filled with snacks and last-minute accessories to prepare your household for a spooky night. It’s hard to know when Halloween originally became synonymous with ghouls, ghosts, and witches. However, Halloween has not always been a celebration of the dead. In fact, according to historians, it’s likely that a Pagan celebration linked to harvest festivals is at the origin of our October 31st pumpkin obsession. Indeed, many believe that before it gained its skeleton face and scary carvings, Halloween was a festival that welcomed the transitional season. Now, I am ALL ABOUT dressing up and living up the Halloween spirit! But, I realize that’s not for everyone… so, if the celebration was all about making peace with your surroundings and moving into the next season, it could be the perfect opportunity for you to plan a mini-break at home and recharge your batteries.
One word: Decor, decor, decor
As the days become shorter and the nights grow longer, Halloween is closer to the winter solstice than it is to the summer. Many of us experience mood swings and feelings of sadness during the colder months of the year. Seasonal Affective Disorder, or SAD for short, is typically associated with a decrease in natural sunlight. However, a gloomy interior can also trigger seasonal depression. Think about it: You need to update your home decor to bring the warmth of the fall colors indoors. Vibrant cushions that exude the most famous autumnal shades can revive your living room. You can also look into making a fall wreath using dried seasonal flowers and leaves to welcome your guests. (I’ve actually done this! And it’s pretty fun!) Small and colorful touches can go a long way in building a coziest and happiest interior.
Open the door and go outside. Seriously! Don’t let the cold keep you in!
A change in habits commonly triggers seasonal depression. Indeed, as the weather gets colder, we choose to stay indoors. However, you don’t need more than 20 minutes of direct sun exposure to boost vitamin D production – vitamin D deficiencies cause mood disorders. So try something new! Turn the scary party into an autumnal stroll down the park, where you can enjoy a rich palette of colors and make the most of the sun. While you might have your transitional wardrobe ready, it’s a good idea to pick a few warm leisurewear outfits – you can shop online at www.superdry.sg/ for the latest functional and casual outdoor fashion, for instance. If you want to recharge your batteries outdoors, you need to wear clothes that keep you warm and dry, no matter the weather forecast!
Okay, it’s not Halloween without treats
We all know that Halloween is heaven for sugar lovers. However, adults can have fun with their food too, without worrying about unhealthy ingredients. Finding satisfying treats that don’t affect your mood – sugar rush can leave you feeling sad and exhausted – can be all you need. Take a look at www.womenshealthmag.com for recipe ideas. Nothing says YUM like fun roasted veggie cutouts that are shaped like a ghost or a pumpkin head. Ok, I admit it… I have TOTALLY turned into my mom! But I’m cool with it. Veggies are delicious!