As The Clocks Change

Are you dreading the Clocks changing? Do the winter months increase existing anxieties?

Increased Isolation 
With shorter days and colder weather, people may spend more time indoors, leading to social isolation and reduced physical activity.

Tip: Make an effort to maintain social connections, even if it’s through virtual means. Consider indoor exercise or finding creative ways to stay active during the winter months.

Anxiety and Stress 
Some individuals may experience anxiety or stress related to the change in routine or the impending winter season.

Practice stress-reduction techniques such as mindfulness, meditation, deep breathing exercises, or yoga. Setting realistic goals for the winter season can also help reduce stress.

Reduced Exposure to Sunlight
A lack of sunlight can affect the production of serotonin, a neurotransmitter that regulates mood, potentially leading to feelings of sadness and depression.

When possible, spend time outdoors during daylight hours, even on cloudy days. Find a buddy to walk a dog with or make yourself go outside to run an errand at lunchtime, however cold and miserable the weather. Consider taking vitamin D supplements if recommended by a healthcare professional.

Time Management Challenges
The change to winter time can disrupt routines and lead to feelings of disorientation. Not wanting to get up in the dark can make us slow to get going in the mornings and closing curtains around 4pm can make for very long evenings.

Tip: Use tools like calendars and alarms to stay organized and manage your time effectively. Create a structured daily schedule to maintain a sense of routine.

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