Friday, January 18, 2013
We've all heard of it....seasonal affective disorder, better known as the winter blues. I think it's quite funny that Seasonal Affective Disorder...is SAD :) That's just how I feel during it....sad!!! People usually start having symptoms in the fall and they can last through the spring. I never used to experience this so when I started, after my bypass, it hit me really hard. I think maybe the reason that I never experienced it prior to surgery was because I would cook, I would eat, and I just plain didn't care.
This year is hitting me really hard though, and the funny part is I don't live where we technically have a "winter" My husband took a job in Dallas, Texas back in August and I went down and joined him in September. The switch in weather was really nothing since we had just had a very long and hot summer in Illinois. The only real difference was the humidity....ugh!!! BAD HAIR DAYS GALORE, LOL!!!! In October he was being considered for a permanent position within the company that he was temping for. This meant that if he was offered and accepted the job that we would be moving to Louisiana. That is where we are now. We were told during our interviewing process and while we were looking at houses that the weather here was usually mild in the "winter" months. They said they hadn't had snow in 2 years and that it wasn't even that much, temperatures would maybe get down to 36-37 and then by February it would be back up in the 60-70 degree range. I'm thinking OK, I can handle that. I mean back in Illinois it gets COLD and we have LOTS of snow and it's like that from November through March or early April....sometimes the beginning of May.
Much to my dismay, it got COLD here. Temperatures dropped into the 20s at night and it would only reach the upper 30s if we were lucky. Add onto that the fact it rained ALL THE TIME!!!! I know they needed the rain, but I got SO tired of hearing 'This is the beginning of our wet seaon.' Your what???? NO ONE mentioned a wet season!!! I couldn't go out and walk or just enjoy the sunshine (because for days on end there wasn't any!!) I just slipped into a major funk!! Not only me, but my poor little dog, Sweetie, did too. She would just lay around the house and didn't want to go out unless she absolutely had to. Poor thing :(
This brought a new challenge in making sure that I got my exercise in. When the seasons changed and the weather became chilly,so did my thoughts of going out for a walk. All I really needed was a little extra preparation and an open mind. There are ways to remain active in all sorts of weather, I just had to find them :) If I continued with my exercise program throughout the colder months then I will be ready to emerge with a lean healthy body that’s ready to take flight in the warm spring air!
So.....I found this.....
To stay active outdoors when the temperatures take a dip, dress in layers that can easily be removed and replaced as needed. Don’t forget to include hats, gloves, and ear muffs. Make sure you drink plenty of fluids, even in cold weather. Exercise in clearly lit areas that are free of snow and ice and change your path as needed to avoid weather induced hazards.
If the weather is too harsh, move your activity indoors. There are many exercise DVDs that can show you proper form while keeping you engaged. Consider buying a treadmill or stationery bike. Take classes at the local Y or look for gym membership deals (drop the hint with family members that a membership would make a nice present!). Take your walks into the local malls which may already have a scheduled walking program. Purchase some light weights and use them during commercial breaks while watching your favorite television shows or while doing a seated exercise routine. Even playing on the family’s Wii Fit can get your heart pumping. Get creative!
After all thee best gift that you can give yourself this year is the gift of health! So get up...MOVE....Beat those nasty winter blues and just remember that brighter (and warmer) days are just ahead!!!!