As summer comes to a close and we usher in the season of pumpkin spice and harvest festivities, we are well aware that many experience seasonal affective disorder. As the days get a bit chillier and darker, some of us enjoy the feeling of coziness that autumn brings about, but others experience shifts due to the lack of warmth and sunlight.
In the spirit of RADIO.COM's, I’m Listening initiative we have put together a few tips and tricks to help combat seasonal affective disorder that allows us to be more mindful of our mental health as the seasons change.
Take the time to breathe in the outdoors and get moving. Whether you have 20 minutes to go for a walk or a lengthier amount of time to engage in a full routine, moving your body is a great way to get out of a funk. Getting time to escape the everyday monotony that occurs indoors is good for your brain, plus exercise releases endorphins and allows us to feel accomplished.
2 Light it up
Add extra light to your living space. Whether it's using a lightbox to get some much-needed energy or putting up some twinkly lights up, added light source can provide a warm glow during some of the gloomier months.
3 Soak up the AM rays
The sun tends to be brightest in the mornings during the fall and winter months. If you have 10 minutes to spare allow yourself those extra moments just to take in some vitamin D.
4 Something fun
Keeping a daily routine is important when managing seasonal affective disorder, but it's also important to remember to engage in the fun stuff. Saying yes to spontaneity opens up an opportunity for joy and delight.
5 Practice Aromatherapy
Certain scents provide us with a feeling of warmth, relaxation, or calmness. Using a diffuser, essential oils can distract us from the gloomy environment. Citrus scents allow us to feel light and bright, while lavender or eucalyptus provide a sense of peacefulness.