Autumn is here, winter is not far away… This time of year is synonymous for many people with a lack of energy, fatigue, low motivation, frequent cravings for food, and low morale… This is the fall blues. The cause is a lack of natural light.
When these symptoms appear at the same time each year for at least 2 years, we talk about seasonal depression.
The good news is that it is possible to put some color in your days despite the gloomy weather, and face the cold weather with serenity and a smile.
Here are our 7 tips to help you get through the long grey months and avoid the autumn blues.
Tips to avoid the fall blues
1- Have some personal time for yourself
We often put ourselves last on our list of priorities. Get into the habit of setting aside at least one day a week for yourself. Dedicate this time to an activity that makes you feel good and gives you a boost: go to the spa, go out with friends, take a long hot bath, go watch a good movie at the cinema (preferably one that will make you laugh).
2- Laugh… without moderation
As opposed to light, which is not always available and over which you have no control, laughter is an inexhaustible resource that you can control. So, to avoid the fall blues, create opportunities to laugh every day: a good comedy on TV, a comedy show, and why not, a challenge like “who will tell the funniest story” with your family.
Laughter is good for your morale and your health. And it’s free.
3- Do physical activities
Physical activity has proven to be very beneficial to our health and morale. Whether it’s a walk in the woods or a bike ride, these activities will get you moving, take your mind off things and keep your spirits up.
Besides, doing outdoor activities will help you make the most of the light, even if it is less intense than in summer. It has been shown that sunlight stimulates the production of serotonin, the “happiness hormone”, while darkness stimulates the secretion of melatonin, the sleep hormone.
On those days when outdoor activities are not really possible (due to your schedule or the weather), you can always exercise in the comfort of your home. Don’t hesitate to read our article on home exercises recommended by a kinesiologist .
4- Make your food more varied and colourful
Avoiding the seasonal blues also involves eating well. With the cold weather, your energy needs increase. Make sure you fill up on proteins and complex carbohydrates (whole grains, whole wheat bread, brown rice, etc.).
To strengthen your immune system, remember to get enough vitamins and antioxidants. You’ll find them in fruits and vegetables, which not only add color to your plate, but are available year-round, whether fresh or frozen.
5- Color your wardrobe
The fact that it’s gray outside doesn’t mean your wardrobe has to be gray. In the fall, we tend to wear gray, black…, only dark colors. It’s no wonder you’re feeling the pinch with such a wardrobe. Try for once to bet on the color and you will see that your morale will be immediately at the top.
6- Bring color into your home
Rest assured, it’s not about repainting all the walls of your house in yellow, it’s about adding small colored touches here and there in your bedroom, living room, kitchen, etc. Here for example, you could:
- Buy a bouquet of flowers every week, as flashy as possible;
- Choose a comforter cover in bright, warm colors and add colorful accessories to your room;
- Put colorful pillows and trinkets in your living room;
- Add colorful touches in the kitchen, etc.
These small changes will keep the mood in your home colorful despite the gloomy weather outside, which will help you avoid the blues this fall.
7- Express your creativity
Perhaps you have some creative talents inside you that are just waiting to be expressed. So instead of spending long hours in front of the TV cursing the weather because you can’t go outside, you could try new activities such as painting, drawing, or renovating old furniture that has been sitting in the garage for years.
Making your own beauty products with ingredients from your kitchen is another interesting activity.
In conclusion, it is possible to avoid the fall blues by making small changes in your daily life. It’s up to you to implement them.
So, ready to face the long cold months ahead with a smile?