Managing the change of seasons


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    I know this has been an issue for discussion many times in the past. The change of seasons seem to affect us each in different ways, but the common denominator for many of us seems to be that we’re affected.

    How does the season change affect you and what helps?



  • I'm not sure my issue is change of season quite so much as simply a season. I've always struggled with the heat of summer so that's been one issue. But I think with warmer weather and longer days, it's easier to push more than I can manage, which then leads to a decline in winter. I just always thought winter was a worse season for me, but I don't think that anymore.

    The last couple of years one thing I've found is that it's harder to speak the longer that summer goes on. I feel like I go mute, like I simply can't speak. I can and I do, when I absolutely have to, but I avoid it as much as possible. It's also a sign that I need more rest, more quiet and more solitude. I start to feel like myself again in about April.



  • @Coggles77 oh interesting - I'm not sure if I have problems with the seasons but I've noticed that most of major deterioriations have occurred over the summer. I wonder how much the heat and fluid loss has contributed to that.


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    @Coggles77 said in Managing the change of seasons:

    I'm not sure my issue is change of season quite so much as simply a season. I've always struggled with the heat of summer so that's been one issue. But I think with warmer weather and longer days, it's easier to push more than I can manage, which then leads to a decline in winter. I just always thought winter was a worse season for me, but I don't think that anymore.

    Summer is definitely hard for me in terms of OI, and winter is harder for me in terms of fibro pain.

    I find the change in seasons hard too because my body struggles to adjust to the change in temperature and humidity.



  • I live in the tropics and only use fans not aircon . I really like open doors and windows. Here it is either really hot or hotter the humidity is extremely high so I spend my days in my jocks, I live alone by choice so it makes it easy to jump into a cold shower many times a day after I do small things around the place. I cant see me doing that in a workplace...



  • Hey People,
    I first realised I had ME/CFS when I really struggled in the winters after treatment for Giardiasis (2000 on ward).
    My energy and mood would drop, really bothered by the cold, digestion problems, muscles/joints pain, etc.

    I started looking at moving to Queensland from then, but I'm still in Melbourne. Hopefully I'll get there next year.

    The change from daylight savings can be a disruptive time. Some years I just did things an hour later just to avoid the 'jolt'.
    Going to bed a little earlier each night (and getting up a little earlier) in the week leading up to the Autumn change (back) is one way of lessening it.

    You have to adapt to each season as much as you can. I.e diet, water intake.



  • @Kalinda "I live in the tropics and only use fans not aircon"

    Sounds great. I want to move to Queensland for the climate.
    I drove up from Melbourne in 2010 and stayed in Brisbane from May to end of July, with some trips up to Nambour, Cooroy, and Cooroibah.
    I'd been to Cairns in 1989, so I went up there in 2011, but found the transition hard, so came back to Melbourne a week later.
    I did notice that the humidity helped relieve most of my stiff muscles/joints. I always enjoyed the humidity in Melbourne (the few days a year we have it).
    I went up to Townsville for a few days in 2018. Same thing again with the stiffness etc.
    So I know it will be beneficial in a warmer climate for me.


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    Welcome to the forum @davoid 🙂 Your approach to managing the daylight savings shift sounds very sensible.



  • @Daffy_Dave
    Heh, heh. I try. It's the cold I dread... 🤕



  • @davoid
    Hi davoid, I first came here about 30 yrs ago from a 4 seasoned Adelaide. I loved the Queenslander homes built on stilts and the stunning red glow of the Canefeilds burning. They no longer burn the fields and many of the Queenslander homes have also gone. It's 21 degrees now at 9 pm our most beautiful time of the year. As we approach The end of the year and the first few months into the next the heat and humidity is really something else, many far southerners find it a bit too much here in Far North Qld. I suggest you do your homework on that one...Regards, Kalinda...


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