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Time to Replace Your OWN Batteries

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Time to Fall Back!

It’s my favorite time of year…

the time we get to turn our clocks

back one hour as Daylight Savings

Time ends and we “Fall Back.”

While it is recommended that we

change the batteries in our smoke

alarms when we Spring Forward

and Fall Back, I’m thinking this is a

good time to replace your OWN batteries.

Why is this a good time to establish

some good self-care strategies?

I’ve got three good reasons for you:

1.  Cold and Flu Season’s Coming

You’re going to be getting exposed to

an increasing number of cold and flu

viruses over the next 5 months.  The

stronger your immune system, the better

chance you have of not getting sick, or

getting well faster!

2.  Seasonal Affective Disorder

As the amount of daily sunlight decreases,

people prone to depression can experience

an increase in depressive symptoms like

irritability, fatigue, changes in sleep or

appetite, wanting to be alone more than

usual, and loss of motivation.

3.  The Holidays Are Coming

In the next few months, there will be an

increase in the time and energy demands

placed on you due to the holidays, but there

will still only be 24 hours in a day and only

one you to get things done.  You need a plan

to take care of yourself now!

Replace Your Own Batteries

Following self-care strategies as faithfully

as you can will make a huge difference in how

you feel by the time you get to New Year’s Eve.

Start by setting a budget for the upcoming

holidays if you haven’t already.  Decide how

much you can afford to spend for gifts, food,

travel, entertainment, and/or decorating…

and start putting money away weekly for it

and then spend what you have saved.  If

you have been doing this all year, good for

you.  If not, start doing this next year.  For

this year, make it your goal not to accrue

any debt this holiday season.

The Big Three

For the next two months, you can skimp

on only one of the Big Three per day.

What are the Big Three?

Nutrition, Exercise, and Sleep!

If you have to miss your workout,

you can’t skimp on your healthy meals

or getting a full night’s sleep.  If you are

going to be up late, then you have to eat

healthy and get a walk in somewhere.

You can only skimp on one out of three.

If you start skimping on more than one,

chances are you’re going to get worn out

and lose your ability to fight off viruses.

Prevent Seasonal Depression

You can do some things now to help get

a jump on the holiday blues or on seasonal

affective disorder.  Check out this list of

preventive strategies in my previous blog

post : Uh, Oh It’s Fall Again.

If depression is the worst for you in the

morning : Coping with Morning Depression.

If you’re grieving a loss heading into the

holiday season : Holidays Done in Blue.

Don’t wait until late November or mid-

December when it’s dark and cold and

you’re really depressed to do something.

Start now!  It’ll make a big difference!

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