We’re heading face-first into fall, meaning that a lot of people are anticipating a moodier time of the year. A lot of people experience mood shifts to go with the seasons, whether it’s as serious as seasonal affective disorder (or SAD) or something a little less drastic. It’s been one heck of a year, too, so it’s no surprise a lot of people are really dreading fall and winter. However, there are some steps you can take to address those mood shifts before they even start happening.
Start building health habits
Now, it’s more important than ever to keep yourself and your family in top health. Our physical health habits also greatly influence our mental and emotional health, with the mind/body link having long been proven. Exercise has been proven to boost the production of happy hormones and neurotransmitters, such as dopamine and endorphins that can lend to a general increase in our mood throughout the day. While you might want to go for fatty, comfort foods to keep you cozy and warm, too much can leave you feeling lethargic and low energy. It’s more important to get your share of vitamin C and D now, as well, through a fruity diet, since we absorb it less effectively in winter.
Make sure you get as much light as possible
One of the biggest issues leading to depression, stress, and lower moods in general in the fall and winter is that we get less sunlight. Our exposure to sunlight has a direct effect on the regulation and control of hormones that affect our mood. Ensure your home is getting as much natural light as possible with a window cleaning and by installing lighter treatments to let more light in. Take the time to get outside for at least 30 minutes every day to get as much direct sunlight as you can. Light therapy boxes have been proven effective for a lot of people, as well, especially those who experience the seasonal affective disorder.
Give yourself less to do
Having a cluttered lifestyle can really influence your mindset. If you’re constantly rushing from work to housework to taking care of other responsibilities, then it might be time to take a step back and to reorganize your life. You are likely to need more time to recharge in the fall and winter, so see what you can eliminate from your schedule. For instance, you can make the home a lot easier to maintain if you employ a few cleaning hacks that make it take less time to take care of. You can also get the family more involved in chores to give you a little more time to socialize or even just chill.
Of course, it’s not easy for everyone to try and influence their mood to be more positive. The above are tips that can help, but if you need help, then ensure you take the step to ask for it. We can’t always deal with everything ourselves.