The late autumn and early winter tends to be a harder time of the year for many. Many wonder why, the Mayo Clinic states that reduced levels of sunlight in fall and winter months can contribute to varying levels of Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). The Cleveland Clinic states that 10-20% of people experience a mild version of SAD (also known as the “winter blues”), and that it is normal to experience some "winter blues" during the winter months being more inside and having less daylight hours; and 5% of people experience the full range of symptoms of SAD. I believe it is normal for our systems to slow down at this time of the year, as this is reflected in nature around us with a time of hibernation. It is important to adjust habits and expectations with the seasons. With the right supports you can make the most of the coming season. Here are four considerations below:
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I have been working with parents for over 10 years. I have learned a great deal from them as well as from parenting my own children. It has taught me that parenting is the most trying job there is, requires the support of a village, and with the right supports can be truly rewarding.