Autumn is the season of change; the temperature drops, it gets darker and nature leaves the last traces of summer behind. As we greet the new season, some may struggle with the changes.
After a long and warm summer, we get back to our busy lives. School has started again, work is busier than ever and we spend more time indoors. Autumn is for many a fresh start, while for others their mood gets as cold as the landscape.
So, what can be done to ease the seasonal slump?
Get up early
The lack of sunlight as the days get shorter affects your mood. Your body starts producing more melatonin, the hormone which makes you feel sleepy, which again makes you moody. The key is to get outside while the daylight is strongest and also maybe add some Vitamin D to your diet.
Fresh oxygen energizes, and research shows that spending time outdoors, surrounded by nature increases energy. Even the scent of nature can help decrease stress and increase relaxation (*1). Fresh air is key to a healthy body and mind, so try to get outdoors as much as possible. As we say in Scandinavia; there is no such thing as bad weather, only bad clothes.
Whether you like to run, lift weights, do yoga or dance; get active and release some endorphins. As you know, they trigger a positive feeling in the body. Exercise also reduces stress, improves sleep and fights off anxiety. No reason to not get up from that sofa!
Change your mindset
A negative mind will never make a happy life, so try to change the way you think. Instead of thinking; I hate the cold, turn it around to; I love wearing comfy and warm sweaters. Or, instead of; I hate the rain, try thinking what is nice about the rain. Like the smell or the sound of it. Try to see the positive in situations and you will see it changes everything.
The little things
Take a look at the beautiful colors on the leaves around you. Feel the crisp, autumn air on your skin. Enjoy the feeling a cup of hot chocolate under a blanket gives you. Sit inside on a rainy day in your favorite sweater, with lit candles and a good book. Appreciate the little things.