Feeling those Winter Blues Yet?

Are the fall/winter blues affecting you yet? I typically get a dose of sadness come November. This year I am trying to prepare for it since its like clockwork. Usually happens like this:

  1. Get sick mid- to late- October.
  2. Stay home a couple of days.
  3. Realize it's getting colder.
  4. Realize it's getting darker earlier.

Luckily, the weather has been beautiful lately (even with the rain) and I haven't had to wear a sweater or a winter coat pre-maturely. I think that for me, the sadness creeps in when I realize that everything I love to do, I can no longer do outdoors. It's not as easy to take a walk or go for a run. You have to prepare for stepping out in the cold. Your car needs extra time to warm up. Your friends are cold and want to stay indoors. All those factors and more make it so difficult to keep the smile on my face.
My preparations to combat the "sadness:"

  1. I purchased some outdoor running gear in hopes that I can run outdoors during the colder Fall months and I pre-ordered MC2 from Beachbody because I know the desire to stay indoors and exercise will hit me REAL soon. (I need a back up plan).

  2. An awesome friend of mine has also decided to have a "welcoming Fall party" that all my friends are attending which will help a lot. I love my friends and they keep me on a "happy high" for a good month after seeing them. One gathering seems to ALWAYS lead to many more plans immediately after because we all get that "I need to see you more" feeling.

  3. Cooking "fall foods" has helped me get excited about the season. Guess I need to figure out what "winter foods" are soon.

I guess I'm not the only one because as we neared the weekend we typically reference as "the last weekend" of summer, the NY Times (much more credible than yesterday's NY Post reference) posted an article on battling depression with exercise.  The article is about treating clinical depression with a prescribed dose of exercise (Yes, prescribed, like FROM A DOCTOR). Anti-depressant medication can become addictive and is also very expensive. The doctor featured in the article, Dr. Trivedi, decided it was worth taking a look at the benefits of exercise as a prescribed program. Apparently, many doctors are now considering the benefits of exercise as a monitored prescription for various illnesses vs. the typical PILL to cure EVERY ILL.

I am excited about this because I've found a healthy dose of exercise has "cured" many ills. As a kid, it helped me battle asthma and as an adult, I think it's helped me battle many things including navigating through life. (Whoa is me!  I know I know.)

Take a look at the article and let me know your thoughts. Whether or not you've been diagnosed as someone with clinical depression, exercise can definitely boost your energy and your moods. The endorphins, the clarity, and the focus you feel during the exercise can benefit you beyond the 30, 60, or 90 minutes of movement.

My favorite quote from the article:

Dr. Trivedi said, although additional studies certainly are needed, there’s no reason for people with unyielding depression not to talk now with their doctors about exercise as a treatment option. “Side effects are almost nonexistent,” he said, “while you get additional benefits, in terms of improvements in cardiovascular health and reductions in other disease risks,” things antidepressant drugs do not provide. “Plus,” he pointed out, “the cost profile is very favorable.” Exercise, as medicines go, is cheap.