Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Transitioning With The Seasons

When the summer season begins its transition into autumn, I feel a little sad. I start to feel the negative effects at this particular time of the year before the end of Daylight Saving Time. I find that I must do more during the transition between summer and autumn to help me better adjust to changes. I don’t know what it is, but every year I get a little more sensitive about the Spring Forward and Fall Back adjustments in time, which occurs twice a year in most of the U.S. The latter gets to me, perhaps because of knowledge that the winter season is just around the corner.

Here are some old and new things I am doing to better cope with the seasonal transition this year and maintain my health:

Exercising every day is not only important for my overall health, but it also makes the end of Daylight Saving Time easier to cope with. I also try to get myself outside before the sun sets so I can enjoy some of the day, but it really lightens my spirits.

This might sound gross to some of you, but I try not to drink ice cold drinks any time of the year. I learned years ago that it is important to drink more fluids that are at least room temperature to match with our body temperature. While I am not a stickler to this rule, I am so used to asking for beverages without ice now that it is like second nature to me.

At a TWM event about health and wellness earlier this year, one of the panelists spoke about the importance of eating seasonal produce. For example, there is no need to be eating mangoes in the dead of winter if they are not season in your area. It is working well for me, so I think it’s worth sharing this information with everyone.

How do you handle seasonal transitions?

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