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!