Thursday, September 17, 2015

Change of Season Can Trigger Symptoms-

     No one knows exactly why the changes of season can cause anxiety and/or OCD symptoms to worsen, but for many of us, that's the case. The reasons don't matter as much as how to deal with it.

    It seems the best way to cope is to make it a point to enjoy the positive side of each season. Now we are entering AUTUMN. Yes, our days will shorten and darkness will fall sooner, but that is also an opportunity to cozy up with our reading and a nice cup of tea, or settle down for a good movie. Even get to bed earlier to greet a new day sooner.
     Remember to take note of the beautiful changes in the colors of the leaves, and the abundance of apples and squashes in the supermarkets and at farm stands.
                                            (Photo by author)
     Take a ride along some country roads to enjoy the autumn foliage, or take a walk in your local park.
     Enjoy some apple cider, a low -sugar pumpkin spice latte, pr low sugar apple pie.(Sugar is a no-no for anxiety, so be mindful of that.)
     Cook up some baked apples and enjoy the scent of apples and cinnamon in your home or apartment.
     See what autumn festivities are available in your area and attend one...or several.
     Treat yourself to an autumn decoration - some are quite inexpensive and can brighten a spot in your living area.
                                  (Photo by author)    
     The air becomes cooler now but not cold enough to keep us indoors. Get out and ride a bike, take a stroll, or drive the car with the windows open and enjoy the autumn breezes.
      The anxiety and/or OCD symptoms might still be there, but we can push them to the background while we make every effort to enjoy the new season. And during those enjoyable moments the bothersome symptoms might actually disappear!

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