September 28, 2022

4 Ways to Make Sure You Don’t Suffer from Autumn Anxiety

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Summers in this part of the country can be beautiful, as can early fall.

After Halloween, however, things can tend to get pretty nasty—along with just plain depressing for some.

Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is generally thought of as being in February and March when the string of gray days seems never-ending, but it can occur during the transition from summer to fall as well.

It’s believed that the decrease in sunlight is the primary cause of anxiety and depression during this time of year, possibly due to a vitamin D deficiency. We get most of our vitamin D from the sun, so when it is hidden behind clouds, much of the population can become deficient.

CHC has four things you can do to help combat the autumn blues.

  1. Get as Much Sunlight as Possible

Make the most of the sunlight that is available, even if you have to get up earlier than usual to accomplish it. You can also use a light box that gradually increases in intensity, so it can simulate the sun rising even if you wake up while it’s still dark.

  1. Maintain Regular Exercise

If you get out and about more during the summer months, do everything you can to maintain that routine in the fall. You may have to look into attending a gym once the weather gets nasty, but try to be physical for 30 minutes a day.

  1. Find Something New

Mark the season by starting a new activity, hobby, spruce up the house–anything that involves something that you can look forward to and accomplish. This can even include enjoying fall treats like cider, comforting soups, and yes, even the ever-popular pumpkin spice latte!

  1. Find Some Help

If you feel that you routinely get down at this time of year, it may be something that cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) under the care of a psychologist can improve. Also, talk to your doctor to see if antidepressant medication may be right for you.

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