Yes, the Autumn Blahs Are Real! 3 Easy Ways to Stay Cheerful All Season Long.
Happy Fall! The weather is getting cooler and the days are getting shorter. If you find you’re struggling to get work done, feel sluggish, snacking more, you may be experiencing the autumn blahs — and those could lead to the winter blues.
It’s all about light… or the lack of it. When the days get shorter, we experience less sunlight and that can affect our mood. Stress and genetics play a role in depression, but studies have shown that those who notice the days are getting shorter and feel their energy & mood changing, can experience some form of winter depression.
3 ways to stay cheerful are:
- Get some light at work or home
Pull those blinds open, trim shrubs in front of your windows. Get a SunBox to use for 15 to 30 minutes in the morning.
- Put a timer or dawn simulator on your bedside lamp
Studies show that having your bedroom light come on a half hour before you need to get up can jump start your body clock to wake up easier. This is great for school kids and those of us adults that need to get up early.
- Take a walk outside
Walking for 20-30 minutes has proven health benefits. Being outdoors especially in the morning can boost your mood and keep those unwanted pounds off.
Those of us who suffer from winter depression actually experience the first signs of it just as autumn sets in. You have more control than you think when it comes to preventing seasonal mood changes. The clocks are changing soon, be proactive, and now is the perfect time to do that.Tags: bright light therapy, SAD symptoms, SAD treatment, seasonal affective disorder