Seasonal Affective Disorder is a very real condition that affects many of us throughout the year, but most often in the darker winter months that we have looming ahead of us. It often sneaks up on you; it will come slowly so that you gradually adjust to it rather than realising that something has changed. I find that for myself I often start noticing the effects after the holiday season ends, as the brightness and coziness of get-togethers taper off with the New Year, but many people do start feeling it quite early in the season. There are some easy ways to fight SAD and keep your energy up in the winter months!
Walking. It seems an oddly simple way to exercise, maybe even too simple depending on what your fitness goals are. However, there are far more benefits to walking than first appear to the eye. It’s an easy and free way to get some of your daily movement in, and there’s no excuse not to do it. (Rainboots, umbrellas, parkas, and snowboots all exist to counter all weather imaginable…) If you are the hunt for something to get you off of your couch and out of the house, start with walking- as they say, you have to walk before you can run! I’m sharing all of the benefits I’m seeing from walking today with you….
The summer- the time for most of us where we try to take advantage of the warm weather and do all of those outdoorsy activities that are difficult to do in the extreme cold and metres of snow. (Or rain/ normal amounts of snow that you may have…) It’s also the time when we tend to be harder on our skin. Sure, we often get dry in the winter but the summer can actually work against your skin in big ways. This is how I’m tackling the summer weather and protecting my skin!
So, I’m doing my best to avoid drinking pop (aka soda… aka carbonated beverages…) currently, in my bid to take better care of myself and focus on my health. It’s tough because I do love Cherry Coke and Vanilla Coke (and Cherry Vanilla Coke) but I limit myself to when I go out for dinner, which isn’t very often. I don’t drink it that often but I do have patterns that I drink it with certain meals- it’s a harder habit to break than I thought it would be. It turns out, I’ve had to be more creative than I thought with how I’m approaching it…
Hi, I’m the Historian and I am a worrier. It could be a lazy day where I have nothing to do at all and I would have a care in the world. Probably five or six, if I’m being entirely honest. I worry about things that I have absolutely no control over and about things in the past that I couldn’t change anyways. I’ve been this way as long as I can remember, but in recent years I’ve started to work on coping mechanisms. These don’t erase my anxiety and fears but they do help to slow them down and at least give me a little control. Continue reading
Back again with another quick question! I’m trying my hardest to get back into my exercise groove and while some days I have less motivation than others, I’m still getting to the gym and to my yoga mat and putting in the hours. Running, Zumba, yoga, and ballet are keeping me moving right now.However, I’m always looking for more ideas, which leads me to my quick question of the day… Continue reading
Today’s post isn’t a list or recommendations or instructions, but rather it’s just what is going on with me fitness-wise. I’ve really struggled in the last 5-6 months to find the motivation to exercise; work is incredibly draining and life is hectic and I’m having a really hard time motivating myself to get off my butt and do something. I find that a lot of people are into that motivated state of mind right now, and I’m hoping that writing about it is going to force some accountability… Continue reading
Today, January 25, is #Bellletstalk! I will be live tweeting, instagramming, and Facebooking all day about mental health awareness and initiatives! I am here for all of my readers if you ever need someone to listen, or if you need help finding resources. 1 in 5 Canadians will experience mental health problems and/or illnesses this year- we need to open up the conversation and end the stigma!
I’m hoping to see everyone out there- for every tweet, Facebook post, and Instagram picture tagged with #BellLetsTalk and #endthestigma Bell will donate 5c to mental health initiatives!
Readers, let’s talk about mental health!
I don’t know if anyone else is feeling the same, but I am getting run down. I’m not sleeping as much as I should, I’m not eating as healthy as I should, and I’m not taking time to make sure that I’m running at full capacity (or even half capacity, if I’m being entirely honest). Work has been particularly stressful, life is getting incredibly busy, and the littlest things seem to slow me down and preoccupy my mind. It’s time to go back to the basics and focus on what I need to be the best me! I believe that finishing the year strongly is just as important, if not more so, than starting the new year fresh. There are small things that we can do to take care of ourselves, and today I’m gonna to share some of my recommendations! Continue reading
Physical fitness is incredibly important for everyone; while you don’t need to win fitness competitions, we all need movement to keep us healthy. Staying in shape is usually the go-to for everyone when you say “health”. However, mental health and mindset is just as important as physical health, and we don’t necessarily place a high priority on it. Autumn can be a stressful time for people! School is starting, work can be busy finishing up the year, hobbies and activities often pick up, and while the holidays are warm and cheerful, they are also busy and stressful and expensive. Now is the time to take some time for you and focus on your mental health and stress! Continue reading