As we continue to move through fall and into winter, you might find yourself struggling- mentally and physically. We’re dealing with…. Shorter days. Less sunlight. Changes in weather. Difficulties that come with the holiday season. These can all impact our mood, stress levels, ability to cope with everyday situations, and even our sleep and diet. I like to think of our mental wellness as made up of three major parts: physical, thoughts, and life. When we’re talking about the ‘physical,’ I’m referring to things like movement, exercise, sleep, and a healthy diet. For ‘thoughts,’ this includes the knowledge, beliefs, values, perceptions, self-esteem, confidence, etc., that we have for ourselves and the world around us. And ‘life’ comprises our environment- our family, friends, relationships, work, everyday stressors, etc. When we neglect one of these components, it is impossible to achieve wellness in other aspects of our lives. The truth is, there’s a triangular relationship between the physical, thoughts, and life; when one area suffers, the rest also suffer. So, with these three components in mind, today we’re talking about how to nourish your body and mind so you can cope this season and achieve optimal mental wellness- especially if you struggle with seasonal affective disorder (SAD), depression, or low/compromised immunity.