In this video blog, I offer recommendations to improve sadness or mood changes you may be experiencing due to the change of seasons and less sunlight.
Physical activity can make a big difference in your mood. Researchers at Harvard released a new study that highlights the benefits of 35 minutes of daily exercise on lifting your mood. Perhaps breaking your exercise into two sessions of 10 minutes will be more manageable! Some find it helpful to start new habits, such as exercise, when you have the most energy or the fewest barriers.
For those who work hard and play hard, yin yoga or restorative yoga can be very healing and helpful. The video is an example of yin yoga for the winter solstice.
I also advocate for health behavior changes that can be done in addition to (or in some cases, instead of) traditional medicine. Functional medicine recommendations can include supplementation, self care, and a change of scenery. Always discuss any changes to medication/supplementation with your physician prior to starting.
Behavioral strategies to help when you need a little extra support:
There are two viewpoints I would like to mention as we think about motivation for new-ish helpful healthy behaviors. First off, behavior can be about seeking “reward” and avoiding “pain.” Secondly, behaviors can be driven by an identified goal or greater purpose.
When you have a moment to consider a plan for your new behavior, let’s say, exercising 35 minutes a day, how can these viewpoints help?
Let’s consider what specific goals or greater purposes you might have.
Thanks for stopping by my blog/vlog for today. I hope that these ideas help you to adjust well during the time change and at this time of year. If you need additional help or are interested in starting therapy, you may call or email me.
<3 Be well !
All blog posts from Dr. Soo Hoo are provided for educational and informational purposes only. As Dr. Soo Hoo is a licensed clinical and health psychologist, we must make it clear that nothing on the blog is intended to constitute medical or psychological advice, consultation, recommendation, diagnosis, or treatment. If you are concerned about your health, please seek appropriate care in your area.