A point of discussion on my weekly fitness podcast program involved mental health during the holidays and during the winter at large. How we are feeling governs what we do physically. The shortened hours of sunlight, cold weather outdoors and the “holidays blues” can certainly present a challenge for some.
I talked about the importance to focus on satisfying activities and the achievement of some specific stated goals, social time with friends and a positive attitude. Cold weather this season hasn’t been much of a factor yet with mild weather, but the recent bout of severe weather in Kentucky and adjacent states brings it own challenges for sure.
Fortunately I am working on Christmas Day and the day after so I will be busy which will keep the holiday blues away this year. Christmas Eve will just be quiet secluded time for me. My gym time is now on hold due to my accident slipping and falling on a patch of black ice yesterday morning which hurt my right wrist. I hope to return to the gym sometime next week. This is my least favorite time of the year with cold weather, long nights and short days. But I always get through it with flying colors.
Hey Rob, glad to hear you are working and keeping busy! I know it can be a challenging time for many. My boyfriend just lost his Dad about 2 weeks ago, so it has been a bit somber. I hope you are well and finding your new job satisfying and certainly incorporating your exercise and running time. Happy Holidays!
I think it’s more the other way around, physical health determines mental state since it gets down to hormones. I know a yogi that has a therapeutic yoga practice. A few chest opening yoga poses for 15 minutes will pump up enuf feel good hormones to relieve depression. Also vitamin D research is blowing up. It’s now considered to be a hormone and Corona viruses ((common cold) strike in the winter not because of air temperature but because of less sun therefore Vitamin D deficiency.
I think it is all of our comments and topics. It is all related. It’s real, and science…what most doctors and people don’t know or know little about. This covers a lot that I could not list. Diet, sleep, stress (of any kind, internal, eternal), exercise, environment, and definitely hormones, vitamins, minerals, supplements, endocrinology; food and other allergies, sensitivities and so forth; bacterial infections, viruses; all areas of physical health, mental health, well-being. The “little things” that most people ignore (because the conventional health system ignores) are the critical, fundamental things that support health and well-being of all forms.