Some of us haven’t seen the sun in…well, days. There’s been so much rain that I’ve been looking around town to see if anyone is building an ark.
Temperatures may swing from eighty degrees during the day to the fifties (or lower) at night. Do I run the air-conditioner or turn on the heat?
My favorite is open windows and fresh air.
Then there’s the all-important question of WHAT TO WEAR? First it’s cold, then it’s hot, then…?
Another uncontrollable stress (like you need one more stressor)—the change in season. Summer to fall seems to be the toughest on a body.
Unless, of course, you live in a part of the country that’s more temperate. Lucky you.
Oh, AND I read an article about video conferencing calls (like Zoom) being HUGE energy zappers, especially if you keep your camera on and are a woman or a new employee. (Keep reading. I’ll share the WHY of this later.)
All this creates the perfect environment for complacency, mindless eating, and the desire for a few too many comfort foods and/or drinks.
What to do?
Well, I’ve considered binge-watching funny movies and napping, which could be therapeutic for one rainy day. Any more than that could lead to hibernation. Not good.
More ideas to help beat the drab weather blues:
- Stick with your exercise routine. Moving will help you feel more energetic and give you a mental boost. If you don’t have a routine, now is a good time to start something that you’ve only been thinking about.
- Pay attention to what you’re eating and drinking. Sugar and caffeine may give you a temporary boost, and then you’ll crash. Noticing what and how much you’re consuming may explain some of your fatigue and moodiness, if that’s an issue.
- Take a vacation if possible, or at least a one-day getaway to someplace interesting.
- Do something nice for someone. You’ll both feel happy.
- Eat an extra serving of vegetables.
- Make sure you’re getting restful sleep. 7-8 hours is ideal.
- Listen to your favorite music.
- Make a pot of soup.
- Take a mental health day, binge watch movies, and nap.
- If you’re on Zoom or some other video conferencing platform much of your day, see if you can turn off your camera, at least some of the time. Being in front of a camera gives a heightened sense of being watched and is more draining than meeting in person or having a phone call. Women feel the pressure of having a positive camera appearance more than men, and new employees are more concerned with making a good impression than veterans.
If none of these suggestions work for you, be patient. Eventually the sun will shine, and we’ll be well into snappy sweater weather.
Peace and pumpkins,
Health Coach Carol
“Wherever you go, no matter what the weather, always bring your own sunshine.”—Anthony J D’Angelo