The drop in temperature, less sunshine, shorter days and colder nights often put us in a bad mood. This feeling is real and many people experience it. It is also known as a seasonal affective disorder caused by the start of autumn. If you’ve been feeling blue, lethargic and lazier than ever, it is time to embrace some activities to banish this bad mood.
Once the mood to stay in strikes, make an action plan to socialise more. Take a stroll with friends and soak up some sun. You can also meet with friends once a week at your favorite cafe and enjoy a cup of hot tea, chocolate or even mulled wine. Connect with people and decrease the urge to isolate yourself. You can even host laugh out movie nights at your place. All you need is a list of comedies, some popcorn and some friends who share your sense of humor. Laughter will definitely improve your mood and fend off any signs of seasonal depression.
Supplement your daily dose of Sun
Vitamin D deficiency causes depression, headaches, fatigue, and a bad mood. So, make sure to start your day with lots of natural light by keeping your drapes open. Get out as much as you can during daylight to soak up your daily dose of Sun. Even a 15minute stroll will make a difference. Just remember to wear adequate clothes to keep you warm. Another option is to supplement your diet with vitamin D supplements to achieve the best results and improve your mood.
Release those happy hormones
Once the temperature drops and the days become shorter, people tend to stay in and have the urge to hibernate until spring. Since this option is not available to people, it is time to embrace regular physical activity. For example, you can find a class that will stimulate your body and your mind. Martial arts will stimulate both your mind and body and help you release those happy hormones, too. One of the many health benefits of martial arts training include better strength, improved mobility and flexibility, better focus, sharper cognitive abilities, and better mood. Physical activity is by far one of the best ways to feel good, improve your health and general fitness and fight the seasonal blues.
Pump up your diet
Give your body the best nutrients by pumping up your diet a bit. You should mix things up by adding some seasonal produce into your diet. Autumn is the season of root vegetables, green vegetables, legumes, whole grains, and tasty figs, apples and grapes. People under the effects of sad crave unhealthy food and this can result in adding weight. Emotional eating should be avoided by all costs by eliminating triggers and filling up your cabinets with healthy options. Brighten your days by eating healthy protein, whole grains, and seasonal produce. Such a diet will satisfy your hunger, keep your weight in check, supplement your daily dose of essential vitamins and keep you healthy.
Find a hobby you’ll enjoy during colder months
The symptoms of SAD can be kept far away by keeping yourself active and creative. Keep your mind engaged with a hobby you enjoy. If you don’t have a hobby yet, think of something that seems soothing and relaxing. For example, take up indoor gardening, join a book club, sign up for a language class, knitting, arts & crafts and many more. Search the internet and find tutorials for beginners. You might even discover a new passion. Whatever your choice might be, your main goal should be to enjoy yourself and look forward to doing it every day. A hobby will keep your mind preoccupied, focused, and you’ll have something new to look forward to each day.
Invite positive energy into your home
Our personal space should be filled with positive energy. Any negative energy might increase your bad mood so you should invite positive energy in your home. Start by cleaning your place thoroughly. Then, remove unnecessary clutter. Then, transform the energy by adding some crystals into your space. Rose quartz can be easily incorporated into any decor. It also creates a loving and nurturing environment.
Try some light therapy
If the lack of natural light has disrupted your circadian rhythm, it is time to give light therapy a shot. Light therapy is another useful strategy that can help ease the symptoms of seasonal bad mood. These devices simulate natural outdoor light and brighten up your mood. The phototherapy is done by sitting in front of a lightbox at least 20 to 30 minutes every day. The best results are achieved by being consistent throughout autumn and winter. Some people experience relief after just a few days, while others feel better after two weeks. Phototherapy will help boost your mood and energy if you apply it properly. Furthermore, it will give greater results if it is paired with our previous suggestions.
We’ve given you seven actionable ways to fight off the first symptoms of autumn and winter blues. These will definitely lift up your mood and help you stay well.