“Oh hushed October morning mild
Thy leaves have ripened to the fall
Tomorrows wind if it be will
Should waste them all”
October by Robert Frost
This weekend we took a stroll in the countryside and really noticed the seasons start to change around us. The air had a slight edge to it hinting of colder days ahead and the tress were beginning to shed their leaves.Now, I'm one of those people that when the summer ends my mood naturally starts to go downhill, lack of natural light and colder temperatures makes me want to go into hibernation mode. Seasonal Affective Disorder is the medical term and for thousands of us it can make life seem a bit of a bummer.So, this year I'm going to be proactive about reducing the affects of SAD by implementing some simple tips that will hopefully make me less of a grumpy bear and more of a happy bunny!
Increase my consumption of fruit and veggies, a university of Warwick study found that eating more of them helped to improve mood and feelings of wellbeing.
Invest in a dawn simulator alarm clock. One of the hardest aspects of autumn/winter is the lack of early morning light so these clever gadgets provide just that, check out this link for more info https://www.sad.co.uk/en-UK/Dawn-Simulators/sddsl10504.htm
Go for a lunchtime stroll. As the days shorten our ability to absorb Vitamin D which is essential for strong bones drops because our vitamin D stores are synthesized from natural sunlight. Getting outside in the middle of the day helps to maximize our exposure to the sun and ward off those SAD bully boys.
Move more. Keeping active and moving our bodies regularly is one of the strongest defenses against the blues, studies have shown that exercising with a buddy also increases motivation and we'll more likely keep doing it. Cue the Rocky soundtrack.
Make time for friends. We're a group species and naturally want to be with others, so a perfect excuse is to head out to your favorite coffee spot, sip a flat white and have a good old chin wag, obviously all in the name of your daily treat, enjoy.