As the days grow shorter and the time change draws nearer, it can be a difficult time for many people in the calendar year. Whether or not you struggle with seasonal affective disorder or just count winter among your least favorite months, there are some steps you can take to not only survive the months but even learn to thrive in them for the first time. Here are some tips:
1. Plan on going to sleep at the same hour each night and waking at the same hour each morning.
2. Make sure you are eating healthy (plenty of fruits and vegetables). Limit sweets, salt, and saturated fats.
3. Exercise regularly (3o minutes 3 days a week represent the bare minimum). Take advantage of daylight hours. The light helps.
4. Avoid drugs and alcohol.
5. Be open with family, friends, ministers, doctors, or therapists about how you are doing.
When the weather limits what you can do outside, set some goals for what you would like to accomplish during the winter indoors. Doing so will have you ready for the outdoors when the weather changes.
"Teach us to number our days, O God that we may gain wise hearts."