I wish I could walk normally again but because of spinal osteoarthritis I walk a little ways almost every day but not like I used to but then again I am 70yrs old now and my health is not as good as it was even a few years ago.I used to get excited about the coming day now everyday is just like the last,what saves me is my love of creation and I am a fairly good artist and do love making my jewelry and will probably buy another kiln so I can return to being a potter which I miss.Right now we are just renting but hope to buy another home next year.Depression is a problem for both DH and myself.I do exercise every day on my elliptical and may start working out with other exercise equiptment. Walking every eve.after I do my elliptical helps me even if it is only around my short block.
I had surgery late last fall and my surgeon told me that as part of the recovery, I needed to walk outside EVERY day. And so I do, even if it is cloudy. I think that being outside and the (hopefully) fresh air is important. I especially make it a point to take advantage of the days when the sun is out...even if it is cold.
Overall, good suggestions but the part about sleeping is a little contradictory. Under the Relax paragraph it says to sleep in on the weekend but the last section on sleep says to get up at the same time. Getting up at the same time is the generally accepted suggestion.
Finding time to walk outdoors when the sun is shining has always been a part of my winter strategy for staying up in the winter.. but not taking on more than I am able to accomplish is another... Full spectrum lights on my desk really helps too... High spirits...
I still love going for a walk in the winter if its not too cold and if its a crisp , sunny day.
2/25/2011 8:50:32 AM
And celebrate the snow, if you live in a climate that supports snow - it reflects the available sunlight and improves your mood - get out and walk, ski, snowshoe, ice skate on a pond surrounded by snow - just make sure to protect your eyes from the reflected rays -
This is a terrific article! Thank you for reminding me of all these great helpers when I get SAD. I do take issue with one statement, though: " the CDC showed... Women who exhibited healthy behaviors (like exercising, not smoking, etc.) had less sad and depressed days than those whose behaviors were less than healthy". If you are feeling sad or depressed, you are not going to be motivated to lead a healthy lifestyle. So, the cause and effect might be backwards, or the CDC could have misinterpreted their findings. It's all subjective, isn't it? Anyway, I use a soft lamp on a timer to help wake me up in these darker winter months. It really helps!
1/18/2011 8:33:11 PM
Great article...so many choices! For me, my favorite is taking the snowshoes out on the local golf course. Did that this past Sunday for sixty minutes and it was exhilarating!
Excellent article! People always say things to me like, "I can't wait for winter to be over",and my response is, "as long as we have snow I love winter!". I cross country ski, sled with my kids, snowshoe, and play in the snow as well as having fun teaching my children different winter sports. I can walk out my door and take advantage of trails and snow fun, so I try to make it a daily habit! That being said, winter can be a downer when there is no snow and then I find planning a retreat or trip is the best way to go as far as breaking up the winter months. We try to find a deal at an indoor water park for January or February for a overnight and that helps...
I've been demotivated & "blue" for a week now cuz i sprained my ankle & wasn't allowed 2 exercise & subsequently i got sloppy with my food + winter is here & it's super cold & windy & dark ............ :( well at least i know why i've been so depressed! Thanks! :)
12/6/2009 6:31:29 AM
Thank you for the article. My husband has arthritis and we go to Tenerife in the Winter for a couple of weeks every year where we stay at http://www.ritz-tenerife.com in a nice villa - and it not only helps on his arthritis but both of us gets a more positive mind and attitude towards almost everything.
11/12/2009 5:44:31 PM
Thank you for this article. It is a keeper to re-read.
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