SAD

Is it Summer yet?

SAD, or Seasonal Affective Disorder, is real people, even if Google searches tell you it isn’t. I’ve lived in Pennsylvania my whole, with the exception of the year in North Dakota.  People honestly call my hometown “Dreary Erie.” Oh, and North Dakota is everything you’d imagine it to be, but worse.  I can’t even begin to describe walking outside in -22 degree weather with a windchill of -60.  As the weather continues to get colder, I am trying so hard to not complain, especially after experiencing the winter I did last year in ND. Even happy-go-lucky Coach though said the other day that he feels his seasonal depression is kicking in.

SAD is a disorder in which you become depressed during a certain time of the year.  I am not writing to give you all of the facts.  I am the furthest thing from a doctor, but because I’ve lived in places that many consider “depressing” during the winter months, I will share the steps I take to combat those winter blues.

Exercise

Easier said than done. I get it. However, there is nothing a good workout can’t fix! Whether you decide to go to the gym or press play on your Beach Body on Demand, get up and move. I promise it will make you feel better.

Eat Healthy

Feed yourself junk, and you’ll feel like junk. This is one of those topics that is pretty self-explanatory, but with the Holidays approaching I understand how difficult it may be. Do your best to make healthier decisions during the Holidays! You’ll be happy you did when it comes to making your New Year Resolutions!

Get a Pet

We got Kessel at the end of November in 2016 and he is the best thing to happen to us. There is no better feeling than coming home to something that loves you unconditionally and believes you’re the best thing ever created. I can remember when he was a puppy and I’d rush home to see him after work. Not much has changed.

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Spend Time with Your Loved Ones

“While We Are Busy Growing Up, We Often Forget Our Parents Are Growing Old Too.” Whether it is your parents, grandparents, relatives or friends, surround yourself with those who mean the most to you!

Get Outside (yes even if it’s cold)

Ice Skating, Sledding, Hiking! Just bundle up! I know when I am at work, I don’t even see the light of day unless I go to lunch. Take time during the day to get outside, and try to choose an outdoor activity or two each weekend. Plus, is there anything better than coming in from the cold to snuggle up with some hot coco?!

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Get a Hobby

Learn how to crochet, join a book club, scrapbook, or whatever else floats your boat. I personally love scrapbooking! Right before we moved I purchased stuff to make a scrapbook of our time in Minot. I am looking forward to starting the scrapbook once football season winds down, and my weekends are not so chaotic.

Hot Yoga

This goes along with exercising, but I can’t say enough about my love for hot yoga! Both of my cold cities have had AMAZING yoga studios (YogaErie, Yogifyu)! It was so nice to get out of work and sweat out the stresses of the day. Also, it doesn’t feel as cold outside once you’ve spent the last hour in a room that is almost 120 degrees!

Treat Yo Self

Perhaps I am contradicting myself, but a little indulging won’t hurt. If you don’t you’ll end up going crazy! Whether it’s food, shopping or drinks with friends, take time to do you! Shopping or wine are always my go to!

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Avoid Social Media

If only I could practice what I preach. This is one of those things that will help beat any kind of sadness you may be enduring, regardless of the time of year. I have met amazing people on social media, but as we all know, it has a lot of drawbacks. With the Holidays around the corner, hopefully your social media is a bit more cheerful, but let’s be honest there will always be a Grinch!

Plan Something to Look Forward to

If all else fails, plan a trip south. Not only will a trip south give you a good excuse to get that body right, it will help you get through those cold months and have you counting down the days to fun in the sun!

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