With Autumn sunsets starting at 5pm, it can be hard to remain optimistic. However, there is no need to let the change of season bring you down! Autumn blues can be caused by the fading light, colder weather, or even just the longing for sunlit afternoons. Below we have outlined techniques to help you overcome your autumn blues
It is easy in autumn to choose to stay indoors with a comfy blanket and cup of tea. However, studies show that being out in the sunlight can help boost your energy levels. As well as this, just leaving your house has an uplifting effect on your mood.
Similarly to getting out of the house, doing so with friends and family doubles the benefits! Make a point of socialising at least one day per week in autumn. This can take the form of a movie night with friends, a walk through the park, or even a quick jog. Any interaction is significantly beneficial for your well-being.
Finding it difficult to feel satisfied with your life? Autumn can have this effect on your mood. To combat this frustration many turn to volunteering in order to feel part of something bigger. Not only will this get you out of the house, it also encourages socialising.
Focusing on a future goal is a great technique to encourage focus and inner strength. Set goals for yourself so that you remain distracted during the autumn months. Examples include reading a book, going for a walk each week, or finishing a project.
Stimulate your mind by embarking on a creative project! This can take any form you prefer – computing, arts and crafts, or even a new hobby. Embarking on a new challenge grounds you to the present moment. This is essential when learning how to be more mindful in your life.
As the cold weather moves in with autumn, so does the craving for carb-loaded foods. The reason for this is due to the release of serotonin when you eat these foods. Serotonin is a chemical produced by the body and is also known as the ‘Happy Chemical’. By eating serotonin boosting foods, you can overcome those autumn blues! A few to note are eggs, nuts, sweet potatoes, and peanut butter!
During autumn our body produced more Melatonin. Melatonin is the sleep hormone, which makes us sleepy. While it is lovely to grab those extra zzz’s during the colder months, this can impede your sleep pattern. When your sleep pattern is affected, so is your mood. Try to avoid using external antidotes to overcome exhaustion. These include coffee to wake up in the morning, and alcohol to fall asleep quicker. A better method is to try to go to sleep and wake up at the same time every day. This will help to regulate your pattern.