As the nights draw in and the weather turns colder, many people can find themselves feeling a little low. It’s always difficult to say goodbye to the long summer days. However, but for some, it can be harder to readjust to the autumnal climate as light and temperature have a huge effect on the body.
If you are one of the many people in the UK that struggle with the turn of the seasons. Here are some the things you can put in place to make that transition easier on yourself.
Check in with your GP
Your first port of call if you find yourself feeling perpetually low or tired is to pop in to see your GP and discuss how you are feeling. Your GP will be able to recognize if there is anything more serious going on that could be affecting your physical or mental health. It could be a relatively simple thing to fix and it’s always better to be safe than sorry.
There are specially designed light bulbs, lamps, and even alarm clocks that simulate daylight and can artificially extend your day. The quality of most home lamps is a specific orange hued light which your body does not interpret as daylight, many people report that using ‘daylight’ lamps or bulbs helps lift their mood.
As much as the colder weather makes many retreat to their cosy homes and stay there. Wrapping up warm and taking a walk outside works wonders for the soul. It’s also a very gentle form of exercise, which according to the NHS can lift your mood, reduce stress and anxiety, encourage the release of endorphins, and improve self-esteem.
Bring the Outside In
If you are unable to get out of the house, then bring the outside into your home. Pick up some leafy green, easy-to-care-for houseplants such as ferns, succulents or aspidistra and surround yourself with nature. They are a more temporary, but even more cheerful, option and you can sign up to have flowers delivered to your door on a monthly basis so you always have fresh flowers around.
Spending more time in the company of other people. Especially close friends and family can work magic on a low mood. Even if you are reluctant at first, time spent in the company of others will help to relieve some of the stress you may be feeling at this time of year.
Make your Surroundings Comfortable and Cosy
Now is the time to invest in some snuggly blankets, cute cushion, and fragrant candles! Feeling relaxed and warm in your surroundings will improve the quality of the time you spend indoors and in turn encourage more contented feelings.
Whilst the colder months might affect your mood for the worse. These tips are a great starting point to fight back and get yourself on a more even keel. It might only take a few minor adjustments, or you might need to implement all of them before you notice a difference. However, it is possible to ride out the low season with a more positive outlook until the sunny days come back again.
Content written by Jamie Silvester