The weather has definitely gotten colder in the past month, and I can’t believe I said “past month.” It seems like time goes by so much faster when the end of the year draws near.
I’ve worked through several storms already and got to visit Maquoketa Caves State Park for the first time with Chris, where we explored the caves, hiked and sat by the fire wrapped in fuzzy blankets reading “Harry Potter.”
I also want to welcome the newest CNA reporter, Tyra, to Creston and the best news outlet in the southwest Iowa area (if I do say so myself). It’s a bumpy road to get where you want to be, but, man, is it ever worth it.
Because the weather is cooling down, and soon we’ll have all that sparkling snow (yes, I dared to say the “s” word), there’s one thing I think can be overlooked when it comes to your health. Seasonal affective disorder, or SAD, comes in many shapes and sizes, just like any monster and is also called seasonal depression.
While this mood disorder can strike during any season, it is most common during the winter months, when the weather dips and the moon hangs in the sky longer than in the summer.
There are many ways to maintain your mental health during the winter. Using light therapy is one passive way of boosting your mood. Light therapy involves a lamp with more power that emits lumens in a room. An alternative to this form of light therapy is to just go outside more often. This, in turn, could lead to a boost in mood just for the mere fact that you may be moving around. Many studies have shown exercise can improve the mood drastically.
Please keep in mind, though, that anything like this should be discussed with your primary care physician. I merely want to raise awareness to various mental and physical health issues we need to keep on the back burner. There is always the chance a more serious mental or physical health issue could arise.
The pesky weather does inhibit some exercise, thanks to snow and ice and any other crazy thing Mother Nature wants to throw at us Iowans, but as long as you know yourself, what you need and do just that, you can surpass anything.
I hope each and every one of you have had a lovely October, and I hope your Halloween is spooky and festive!
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