Moving a little slow lately? Feeling a little tired? Frustrated? Short tempered? Unmotivated? Hungry? Kinda sad? Woe is me(ish)??? If you’ve answered yes to more than three of these questions – you may be feeling the affect of the season changing. Yes, hibernation season is upon us!
With the lack of sun (Vitamin D), longer days and cooler weather, it’s easy to slip into mild to sometimes severe depression. But I’m here to tell you, sometimes it’s literally all in your mind (no pun intended). I’m not saying to ignore the challenges and situations of life – I’m just stating that if you can recognize what trigger the self loathing thoughts and marry it with the change of seasons, you can be better prepared to battle those blues.
Hybernation in the animal kingdom – is a time to gather, rest and prepare. We as women are always juggling so many things: family – work – relationships – social life, you name it, we handle it! The summer months lends us the opportunity to fit extra things in and stay in “go” mode, which is great, but we also had the natural energy of the sun and blue skies encouraging our psyche to stay upbeat. Somehow we miss the memo/instinct of the animal kingdom that it’s time to slow down, gather, rest and prepare… We keep moving full throttle – when nature is telling us otherwise. And because we fight that natural ebb & flow, it doesn’t work on our behalf concerning our mental health.
Im determined this year to be intentional about not letting hybernation season zap the best of me. I will rest when I need to – yet, I will on purpose do things to keep my spirits up and my body moving. Listed below is some thoughts on combating the blues:
- Prayer (just taking a moment to give thanks puts you in a mind set to count your blessings and not exalt your problems.)
- Read – feed your mind and spirit with good substance that’ll inspire and motivate you to keep moving forward.
- Clean eating – now this may be a challenge, but the more we feed our body with “live” foods, the lighter and more energetic we’ll become! I’m not saying to forgo brownies, no, we need brownies, and cookies, and peach cobbler — yes, we need this goodness too for sanity sake … It’s called ” BALANCE:) I’m just saying, lean more toward “living” unprocessed foods and watch how much better you’ll feel!
- Join a fun class – as the days get longer, and it starts to get dark fast, the only thing most of us want to do is go home. Nothing’s wrong with home – but it’s cool to be around other people learning something new that interest you! Auntie Oprah said “Happiness is having something to look forward to.” Be it dance, pottery, yoga, writing, French or sewing – having something to look forward to weekly, will help keep your mind sharp and get you out of that seasonal slump. I think I’m gonna learn how to play chess this season!
- Exercise – yadda, yadda,yadda… I know we “know” this, but I must list it again here. We have to keep these bodies moving, stretched and active during this resting season. Limbs and muscles gets stiff from all of that sitting and laying in bed. Let’a not even mention the weight gain. Since it’s natural to want to eat more during the colder months for comfort sake, we have to be purposeful about staying active so indulgance don’t take over… Remember, the sun shines again and layers comes off!
If you have any tips to help get over the seasonal blues — please leave them in the comments below!
Until next time,
Peace & Blessings — Shan.