It’s fall! It’s fall.
Fall is one of my favorite times of the year – going to the mountains to see the vibrant gold aspen, drinking hot apple cider and enjoying beautiful fall days here in Colorado.
But, this week I could tell it was fall for another reason—the cloud I can feel descending on me. It surprised me because I didn’t expect to notice my Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) until late October or November.
At this point, the symptoms are pretty subtle:
- It’s harder to get up in the morning.
- I am sleeping longer.
- I could eat cookies and chips all day long.
- Feeling more blah.
- And, once in a while, feeling plain depressed.
Really, on certain days it feels like a cloud hovering over me that sometimes descends and I realize, yep, I am feeling depressed.
The good news is I now know what to do for it instead of wallowing in it or worrying about it.
My plan of attack:
- Be aware of my mood and emotions. Don’t shut down. Accept it when I can’t change it.
- Increase my Vitamin D. I cut it back over the summer when I am out in the sun more.
- Exercise. Getting outside for a walk does wonders for my mood.
- Drink plenty of water.
- Take time for things I enjoy. Writing, music, playing with grandbabies…
- Connect with friends and family.
- Take time to connect with God.
- Give myself lots of compassion and grace.
My action list is pretty much my daily practice anyway. But I know to be much more intentional about it this time of the year.
Bring it on! I am ready for fall!