>I guess for most people reading this, it is the time of year were summer if finally definately over and winter is not too far off. For a lot of people it is a hard time of the year to deal with. They find it dificult that the days are getting shorter and colder. Therefore it is no big surprise that a lot of seasonal depression start in the autumn when the leaves begin to fall.

What can you do to defend yourself against these feelings? Especially for those with chronic complaints the long winter can seem daunting yet there are things you can do to protect yourself as much as you can.

  • Eat healthy foods
  • Take supplements when needed
  • Warm clothes [if muscles are your weak point, keep them warm]
  • Use hot water bottles or gelpacks to make sure you bed is nice and warm when you step in.
  • If the loss of light hits you hard use daylight therapy to make up for it.
  • Pamper yourself by taking long baths or showers or get a massage

Allow yourself to set a slower pace. Accept that winter is tougher than summer and don’t be angry if you can do less. Focus on what you still can do and enjoy that to the fullest.

If after all your precautions the sniffels and the coughs do get you, remember you did the best you could. Now allow yourself a few days to let your body heal.  Have plenty of tissues on hand, nice big mugs of hot tea and other treats and make the best of it. Watch that nice movie you did not have time to before, read a book and if you can’t concentrate too long, listen to your favorite music and recharge.

And remember every day spring is a day closer! And yes there is much in winter to enjoy as well if you open your mind to it.

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