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As I look out my window right now and see the overcast, gray sky I’m reminded of the seasons changing and that winter is just around the corner. While it’s a wonderful practice to be in the present moment, at times it’s good to look toward the future so we can use this moment for planning.

I believe it was Benjamin Franklin who said, “Failing to prepare is preparing to fail.” When it comes to seasonal affective disorder (SAD) or just being negatively affected by less light or shorter days, this is a great opportunity to get your ducks in a row to stave off a depressive slide.

Here are key tips to stave off any upcoming fall/winter blues:

Mindfulness training – If you haven’t jumped in yet now may be the time. Mindfulness is a wonderful practice for breaking out of the ruminative cycle that can get triggered as the days get shorter. We start to open the mind to become more appreciative of what’s here instead of focused on what isn’t here. This is the seed of resiliency.

Exercise – Many people wait until New Years to make the resolution, this isn’t preventative care. There’s no other time than now. If the gym is too big of a commitment, what about getting a 20 minute exercise or yoga DVD to practice to or making a 5-minute commitment to do a few sit-ups and push-ups each day. The fact is, if you’re not going to take care of yourself who will?

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In American culture, we are bombarded with symbols and messages about striving for perfection—just take a look at the Photoshopped models on magazine covers, or the idealized relationships on television. All of this can drive us towards the idea that we’re supposed to achieve perfection in school, with our families and in other relationships—in every aspect of our lives.

This constant onslaught drills into us the idea that perfection must be achieved in order to be happy. Sadly, what chasing after this so-called “perfection” does instead is serve as a catalyst for the pandemic of depression, stress, and anxiety.

More and more we are hearing some compelling things about an ancient technique called “mindfulness meditation.” According to the research it can have a very real effect on our ability to “not get lost in the noise” about perfection clouding our heads but to be present in the moment and to see each moment for what it really is.

Mindfulness meditation can function as an exercise to train the brain and focus the mind, and to “re-wire” the brain in key places, so that your high-level thinking and your deeper feelings can be better integrated. Many who practice mindfulness meditation describe this as a path to lead more satisfying lives, with more solid friendships and healthier relationships.

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