As we slowly let go of our dear, beloved summer, we squeamishly welcome the chilly autumn with its cold nights, rainy days, wild thunderstorms and breezy winds. Even though there are many things to look forward to like cups of hot tea, warm blankets, cozy nights in front of the fire, you might feel a bit overwhelmed and melancholic, but don’t worry, it’s a normal feeling.
Since the days grow shorter, the temperatures drastically decrease and the atmospheric pressure changes, your body and mind will receive all of these signals and you might experience lethargy, mood swings, irritability and even depression. But don’t worry, we have some pieces of advice that will help you get through the season with a smile on your face.
You surely know the saying “early to bed, early to rise makes a man healthy and wise”, don’t you? Well, it applies in this case also. The lack of sunlight can cause seasonal affective disorder (SAD), making you feel down and tired. Research shows that exposure to the sun for as little as 20 minutes can help improve your state of mind. On the other hand, you might experience trouble going to sleep, making you wake up exhausted and cranky, avoid this by sticking to a daily schedule.
Pay attention to what you eat. The function of our digestive system weakens during the fall, which is why you should have a balanced and healthy diet. Mix as many vegetables and fruits as you can in your meals, during this season we become the biggest fans for soups and warm food. Try cooking some sweet potatoes or pumpkins, as a snack go for clementines, pears or apples. Make sure you don’t go overboard with coffee, alcohol or sweets, because you will most likely be persuaded by your mood to do that.
Spice up your routine a bit. Take up a sport or better yet, go jogging with your dog, it will be good for both your body and mind. Set up a personal goal, something you always wanted to do but because of various reasons you never got to, plan how you’re going to achieve it and do it baby-steps, no one is rushing you. Find yourself a hobby, you can never have too many of those, right? Call your friends, invite them over for a movie night or to dinner, you’ll have a great time and the pouring rain outside won’t affect you a bit. Go on a date with that cutie you were always too shy to ask out.
Don’t worry that much, smile more often and keep in mind … Christmas is only 100 days away!