The term “fall back” means a lot more to me than turning back the clock. While the fall is beautiful with the changing leaves and crisp, clear air, this is a very difficult time of year for me. My mood changes, my motivation is minimal and I just want to wrap up in a warm blanket and sleep. This is not good for the energy it takes to keep up with my training.
I must say that I’m proud of myself for trudging along and running.
I have allowed myself to fall way behind in posting here on Taking the Trail. My enthusiasm that I started this journey with has fallen victim to the fall. So, I am now going to try to re-work my training schedule to take my seasonal depression into consideration. I don’t want to set myself up to fail. I have found that introspection is the key to self care. I want to be proactive.
I know that enjoying the family time of the holidays and just the general joy of the season is the key to my success. I want to put those things first. I have to be sure to take advantage of every sunny day for the healing effects of vitamin D. I need to nourish my body and soul with healthy comfort foods. I have to make sure that I get enough sleep and allow myself to take the occasional nap when I feel weary.
Proactive self-care is so important for those of us who suffer from any mental illness. We need to give ourselves a break from expectations and disappointment. We can’t achieve anything if we don’t take care of ourselves.
At this time of year, immerse yourself in the joy of the season. Take every opportunity to pamper yourself and show yourself love. This definitely includes running and hiking for me. I just want to concentrate on the enjoyment and take a break from the training aspect.
I’m sure that once we spring ahead, I’ll be ready to do the same!