SEASONAL CHALLENGES

Fall Sunrise at Glacier Park

This is a challenging time of year for many people in our northern region.  The days are getting shorter, it’s usually not quite as sunny and many people work indoors and don’t see much, if any, light of day.

The past few weeks, I’ve heard my clients mention not feeling 100% physically, some feeling achy, cranky and finding it more challenging to get moving because it’s dark so early. For people experiencing extreme symptoms, there’s a clinical diagnosis of Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD).  To learn more about it, check out the Mayo Clinic’s website about this disorder: http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/seasonal-affective-disorder/DS00195.  It’s okay to get help so you don’t have to suffer through another season.

As the Mayo Clinic site mentions, “Physical exercise helps relieve stress and anxiety, both of which can increase seasonal affective disorder symptoms.  Being more fit can make you feel better about yourself, too, which can lift your mood.” Sometimes it can be challenging to get moving. On those days, instead of focusing on getting that whole 30 minutes of cardio recommended for general good health, try to do at least 10 minutes. That 10 minutes might turn into 30 minutes or more once you get started. Other times during that 10 minutes, you might realize you’re physically not up for it, and that’s okay. You got at least got 10 minutes and you’ll feel better emotionally knowing you at least tried.  Physically 10 minutes is better than nothing.  Hopefully the next day you will feel better and do more!

Another great way to overcome the seasonal challenges is to get outside in spite of the weather.  Getting together with other people helps too. Sunday, November 21, at 1:00 I’m leading a hike through Afton State Park.  Email me at annieelmer@comcast.net or call me at 651-470-8060 if you’re interested in participating!

During this seasonal transition, be gentle with yourself emotionally but get moving to help you feel better!