Surviving November

November….what can I say? It’s getting darker and there’s a palpable increase of stress from patients and coaching clients as people prepare for the holidays and the changing season. 

Here are some of my tips and tricks for surviving November:

  • Daily use, 15 minutes, of light therapy in the mornings to combat the winter blues. If I use it at least 3-4 times a week beginning September until March, I can minimize depression from Seasonal Affective Disorder. I use this product
  • Trying to get at least one hour of movement per day (walking to the clinic, yoga, biking etc). 
  • Eating seasonal foods – avoiding cold foods and switching to warmer foods, which according to Traditional Chinese Medicine suits our fall and winter constitutions better.
  • Limiting caffeine to twice per week (typically Fridays + Sundays).
  • Saying no to a lot of social gatherings – being very mindful of energy expenditure. For the month of November I will try to limit myself to one social/non-family activity per week.

Here are some of the cool coaching discoveries made during the last month:

  1. It’s important to know your accountability style….do you need someone to keep you on track? Some clients will text me after they’ve completed their ‘action step’ to keep them accountable.
  2. I’ve been procrastinating on loading my coaching modules onto a new virtual learning platform. I’ve realized that if I don’t carve out time to do it, it remains an idea swirling in my head as opposed to a step towards action. 
  3. It’s easy to make assumptions about what others are thinking. Having dedicated time in a partnership/couples coaching session to speak not only helps the person articulate their fears/dreams/thoughts but it also educates their partner and strengthens the 3rd entity of their relationship. 

[originally published November 2021]

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