7 Ways to Stay Happy and Healthy This Fall
The start of the fall season is just a couple of days away. While it’s some people’s absolutely favorite time of the year, others find themselves missing the sunshine, dreading the colder months, and experiencing a bit of a slump in their mood and energy levels.
If you suffer from SAD, or if you just tend to feel a little bit blue as we move from summer into fall, here are seven ways to stay happy and healthy this season.
Boost your Vitamin D intake
One of the reasons we start to feel a bit worse for wear in the fall is the fact that we are no longer producing as much Vitamin D as we used to in the summer. As the sun starts to set earlier and as there are more clouds in the sky, it can be difficult to get that sunshine in.
Try to take a walk in the sun for 30 minutes every day – and if the weather takes a real turn for the sunless, try supplementing your Vitamin D.
Stay on top of your water intake
You may instantly associate summer heat with dehydration, but fall is actually just as prone to making you dehydrated. The dry air and the start of the heating season all conspire to dry out your skin, so focusing on your water intake is a must.
If you get tired of just plain water, add some fruit to it to make it taste better. You can also eat fruits with plenty of water content (think peaches, oranges, grapefruit), or go for more veggies like lettuce, tomato, or zucchini.
Eat local and seasonal foods
Fall is an amazing time for eating fresh fruits and veggies. The markets start to fill with all of these incredible smells, so make sure you try eating as much seasonal food as possible.
Ideally, you want to choose produce that has been grown locally, which will naturally be the best for you, and it will also be great for the environment.
Since you are already feeling a bit tired in the fall, the worst thing you could do for your happiness and health is to get less sleep than you actually need. Sleep deprivation can lead to a lot of issues, from weight gain to cognitive issues all the way to higher blood pressure and heart trouble, so go to bed on time this season.
This time of year, with the Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals, is also a great time to pick yourself a new mattress and improve your sleep quality even further. You can see some good deals here, and treat yourself to some deluxe catnaps.
Take yourself on a walk
Fall is an incredible time to be outside. All the colors and scents and the fresh air will make you feel that much more relaxed, and it’s also great for your health. There’s the Vitamin D benefit, but also, walking in nature is a natural stress-reliever.
Try to get out into nature as often as you can, even if it’s just on the weekends, and even if it’s just the local park. It will make you feel a whole lot better.
Try something new
Now that you will be spending a bit more time indoors, and maybe a little less time with friends and family as everyone gets back to their usual post-summer routines, you can take some time to do something you have never found the time for before.
Fall is a great time to pick up a new hobby, and engaging in new activities helps us feel better about life in general. Whether it is scrapbooking, knitting, or even just playing that new video game you’ve wanted to try, now is the right time to try it.
Although we typically associate cleaning with the spring, a fall home cleanup can also be a great way to stay happy and healthy. First of all, we know that clutter is bad for the mood and can cause additional stress, so by getting rid of everything you don’t actually use or need, you will be giving yourself a bit of a mood boost.
On the other hand, this is also a great time to get rid of any expired cans and jars, body and face products that have been sitting on your shelves for ages, expired makeup, and so on.
To sum it up
Fall is a great season for starting things afresh – the weather is not as hot and exhausting, there seems to be more air to breathe in deeply, you get to indulge in some delicious treats (pumpkin spice, anyone?), and you are able to enjoy all that fresh fruit and veg.
Don’t let the end of summer drag you down, and embrace fall with all of its colors and moods.