As I write this blog, I am sitting all zipped up at Chandler Hovey Park, better known as Lighthouse Park. It is a beautiful place where I usually ride my bicycle to, but today, I am writing, sitting with Tammie and enjoying the sunny day and brisk breeze. What an abrupt change from the 80+ degree mugginess a few days ago.
As the Fall approaches, I often think of years past when I would feel a sense of doom and gloom. Back 30 years ago, SAD was not even thought about, never-mind treated. Over the past few years, however, I embrace this season more openly, enjoying the darker evenings when I can light my candle, relax (well sometimes I still work too late!) and take this time for reflection, going into the dark.
I think of some of the spiritual aspects of the changing seasons and I find it interesting as a culture, we often fear the dark, think of it as bad and yet, without the dark, there can be no light. Looking to the wisdom of the earth, this is all too well a known fact.
Advent, which does not come until November-December, is another reminder of this time of going deep within, to reflect on the blessings we have and to prepare for the celebration of life.
It would not be complete without sharing what else I do in order to face the darkness. Yes, energy is lower and mood can be less vibrant as well, thus I use a UV light each morning and increase fish oils and vitamin D. I generally ask my patients to have a lab test done before increasing D too much. An ideal level is 50-80. Increasing omega threes can be done with eating fatty fish, walnuts and leafy greens that have been lightly cooked with some acid and oil such as lemon juice and olive oil. My blog would not feel complete without these pearls of nutritional wisdom!
May you embrace this change of season with gratitude and an open heart.