Mental Health Tip To Fall In Love With Autumn
by Michelle DeShields
As the vibrant hues of summer give way to the rich, earthy tones of fall, many people experience a shift in their mood and emotional well-being. The transition from summer to fall brings about a variety of changes which can impact our mental health.
Here’s Why Your Mental Health Can Change During This Seasonal Shift.
1. Decreased Sunlight means shorter days and reduced sunlight. This can lead to feelings of sadness or even Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD).
2. Changing Scenery from vibrant colors and cooler temperatures may also trigger nostalgia or a sense of loss associated with the end of summer’s carefree days.
3. Routine Adjustments often means changes in daily routines, like back to school or work after summer break, which can cause stress and disrupt sleep patterns.
4. Social Changes – Summer often involves more social activities, but the fall season may lead to more indoor activities, which can affect social well-being.
5. Holiday Stress with the beginning of the holiday season can bring additional stressors from financial concerns to family dynamics.
Five Mental Health Tips for the Fall Season:
1. Light Therapy – Consider using a light therapy lamp to combat the effects of reduced sunlight and boost your mood.
2. Stay Active – Regular exercise helps to improve your mood and energy levels.
3. Mindfulness and Meditation – Practice mindfulness to reduce stress and meditation to help you manage the changing emotions of the season.
4. Maintain Social Connections – Stay connected with friends and loved ones to combat feelings of isolation that can come with the transition to fall.
5. Set Realistic Expectations – Plan for the holiday season with realistic expectations and boundaries to minimize stress.
By understanding the reasons behind mood shifts in the fall and implementing these mental health tips, you can navigate the seasonal transition with a positive mindset and enjoy the unique beauty and opportunities that autumn brings.