As we all know some days require us to be more flexible than others. And it can be difficult to shift our thinking to see the opportunity in it. The moment fall rears its head I start to become S.A.D. My thoughts start to slip sideways. The National Institute of Health describes it as “Some people experience a serious mood change during the winter months, when there is less natural sunlight. This condition is called seasonal affective disorder, or SAD. SAD is a type of depression. It usually lifts during spring and summer.” I use to think it was a seasonal funk which made me even sadder because autumn is such a beautiful time of year. The breathtaking foliage color is enough to make anyone stop and pause.
So I stop and ask myself, “What is my opportunity here?” For me it’s a time to really focus on my exercise to get my serotonin leaves up, eat as healthfully as possible and be careful with my sleep. If need be, and I have the time I even go so far as to literally climb into bed for a nap around 3:00. So I guess I am saying it’s an opportunity to be more conscious of my thoughts and actions. I also try to go south for a vacation in February, which for me is the hardest month of all. It’s about catching myself when I start to slip. It’s about reframing my thinking… to find the benefit. I guess it’s just about being more accountable for my thinking but most of all it is about being gentle and kind. Allowing the uncomfortableness of it all is what allows me to shift out of it.
So I’m wondering how do you shift your thoughts to find the opportunity in the obstacle? When your thoughts go side ways what do you do?