Fall signals the beginning of colder weather, shorter days, and for many, seasonal depression. While fall can be a very a pretty time as the season landscape changes; Cold, cloudy days can limit your time outside, leaving you feeling down and out. If you’re affected by the change of seasons, it’s important to protect your mental health. Here are some tips for overcoming mood swings and improving your mental health in the fall.
Don’t let the lack of sunshine keep you from exercising, indoors or out. Exercise increases the level of endorphins and serotonin in your body, hormones that can improve your mood. Rather than hibernate under a blanket, take brisk walks in the park, go ice skating, participate in some online exercise programs or if you can join a gym for health and fitness. Staying active, indoors or out, will boost your mental health in the fall.
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Eat a Healthy Diet
Combine exercise with healthy food to overcome fall blues. A wholesome diet can help you stay healthy, not only in the fall but year-round. So, kick the junk food and bad sugars habit and indulge in fresh fruits and veggies, lean meats, whole grains, fish, nuts, and legumes to promote better mental and physical health.
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If cold weather keeps you indoors, don’t sulk or brood. Find activities that help you relax and enjoy them to the full such as meditating, reading in front of the fire, listening to soothing music, taking long baths or watching comedy movies. Choose activities that minimize stress and help you relax to improve your mood.
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Start a Gratitude Journal
A gratitude journal doesn’t take talent or skill – just time to jot down the things you’re thankful for. Keeping track of things, you’re grateful for will give you a positive outlook on life. When journaling, consider the little things that make you smile – a yummy snack, a sunny day, a call from a friend or a surprise visit from a loved one.
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Socializing is yet another way to chase the blues away this fall, even if it has to be done virtually. There’s a time to be alone and a time to be with others. Join an art or yoga class to make new friends. Volunteer to help others and give back to your community. Invite loved ones over for an evening of popcorn and a movie. Spending time with others is good for your mental health.
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