My Secret to Mental Health


As mentioned (ahem) a time or two before,
I don't do well with the short, dark days of winter
and try all sorts of things to keep myself from
collapsing into a weeping sack of Tracy.

My current favorite weapon for deflecting the winter blues
is to do a 20-minute cardio workout on the treadmill
(walk, jog, stride, sprint, repeat x 4).
I know, I know…big deal, right?

I don't do the workout just any old time: I do the workout
so it coincides with the sun disappearing behind the foothills.

Because even though the sun is leaving me for the day,
I don't really mind because at that very moment my system is flooded with endorphins.

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Take that, Winter!


10 thoughts on “My Secret to Mental Health

  1. Sounds like a great idea, Tracy! I don’t have a treadmill at home, but I think going to the gym in the late afternoon might have a similar effect. I need to adjust my gym time when I go back to work next week, so I’ll give that a try!


    • I haven’t been writing on the treadmill lately, either. The boys are on winter break and the treadmill is in their space so I moved the shelving upstairs where I can write without interruption. But no one interferes with my sundown-running time!
      I hope you find this approach helpful, Barb-of-the-Great-White-North. 🙂


  2. Exercise and a sunset sounds like a perfect picker upper. Here, when it’s rainy and gloomy, just getting outside and walking a good brisk walk is helpful to me in banishing the winter blues.


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