It’s grey here in Illinois as I write this morning. In fact, it’s grey and chilly for about six months every year and we are at the beginning of the greyness again.

I love Spring. I love Summer.

I’m okay with Fall.

I really, really don’t like Winter.

I think there’s a small chance that I have a tiny dose of Seasonal Affective Disorder.  I don’t know for sure and I’ve never been diagnosed, but the lack of sunshine and the need to be indoors so much more brings along with it a dip in my mood.  So as I look down the barrel of another half a year of inside-ness and clouds and darkness and cold, I am choosing to make a few choices to help combat that a bit.

  1. Sleep. I love sleep. I am way less irritable when I have gotten enough sleep. So, especially in the winter, I make sure that I’m getting enough, even if that means I take a daily nap. (By the way, my son heard of a study that said twenty-six minutes is the ideal nap length, and I’m not kidding…ever since he told me that, my naps, even without an alarm, last just about twenty-six minutes. And it’s true.)
  2. Music. Every morning when I’m making my tea and filling up the dog bowls, I hit play on a worship cd. But for the winter months, I listen to a more upbeat set of worship songs or even Christmas tunes once I’m ready to get those going (not til post-Thanksgiving, don’t worry). There’s just something about music running as background noise in my home every morning that lifts my spirits.
  3. Water. Several months ago I started drinking more water each day, but I just read that starting your morning by downing a glass of water kicks your metabolism in the rear after your body’s hard work through the night. So that’s my new commitment for these darker months.
  4. Supplements. I’m obviously not a doctor, but I have done my fair share of reading up on this topic. Even though I’m not clinically depressed, I add a teaspoon of St. John’s Wort to my tea every morning, and I take Vitamin D3 for mood, and for energy, Vitamin B12 gummies (gummies because of my freakishly small esophagus). Also, one of my best friends now partners with ItWorks! and I love their Greens powder added to my morning smoothie.
  5. Connecting. I am an introvert through and through. I am a homebody. If it were up to me in the winter, I’d probably never leave my house. So I have to be intentional about not isolating, about getting together with my girls.

So, if you find yourself in a bit of a slump during Fall and Winter, even if your circumstances haven’t changed dramatically, you might want to consider seeing your doctor or a counselor (don’t just listen to some random blogger), or making some simple changes to your routine and for your health.

Be well today, sweet ones!

Beloved, I pray that all may go well with you and that you may be in good health, as it goes well with your soul.  –III John 1:2

Life isn't always how we want it. When change seems elusive, and we're stuck in old routines, a gentle push or some self-reflection can make a difference. Let these questions be that nudge to get you moving.

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