October 10th is World Mental Health Day! Yesterday I wrote about developing a movement plan for the winter months and thinking about movement as nutrition. I had to trim that blog post down and save part of it for another time, which is now!
I’m also encouraging the development of a winter movement plan for our mental health. The stress of the last 6 months is accumulating as we head into November’s election. People are reporting anxiety at three times and depression at four times that of pre-Pandemic times. And winter can intensify the blues for many people and some may even experience seasonal affective disorder. 
We also know that exercise and mental health are linked. Research shows that people who spend three hours a week doing any physical activity are less likely to become depressed than more sedentary counterparts. I’m going to repeat the ANY part of “any physical activity.” I suggest you pick something you love doing. Anything!
During these stressful times, we might consider increasing efforts towards selfcare in all areas – movement, nutrition, mindfulness, sleep. The world needs a lot of love right now. And I suggest we start with ourselves so that we can show empathy and kindness towards others.
On a more more personal note, two articles inspired me this week. Martha Beck’s blog on Becoming a Samurai Sword in 2020 as well as a New York Time’s article on What Scandinavians Can Teach Us About Embracing Winter. Enjoy!
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