It is amazing how, without thinking, and as the days start getting cooler, we find ourselves a little more serious and less carefree than in summer. We feel like it is time to get some order in our life, get organized, set limits, protect boundaries and finish projects. Everything that seemed less important during the summer makes its way to our to do list.
During the seasonal change, some people might feel a drop in energy levels, a decreased interest in socializing, an increased craving for carbohydrates and a change in sleeping patterns.
This is all normal according to Kahryn A. Roecklein, an associate professor in the department of psychology at University of Pittsburgh. However, these changes don’t necessarily affect everyone the same way. Different types of experts confirm that these symptoms are due to shorter days and a lack of sunlight.
So if you are feeling the seasonal change blues, here are few things you could do:
Yes, that is the cure to so many problems. Exercises will boost your serotonin levels and give you a general feeling of wellbeing. Serotonin is believed to help regulate mood and social behaviors, appetite, digestion, and sleep. Try to maintain a moderate level of exercise such as walking or light jogging.
2- Sit in the sun
Try to get as much light as possible during the day by spending some time outside or even opening curtains to let the light into your home or office. And if you follow recommendation number 1 and the weather permits, try to do your exercise outside.
3- Spend time with friends
It might feel like it is taking you more effort to socialize but spending time with friends helps boost your sense of belonging and improves your wellbeing. Additionally, being around friends can help you talk about things that might be bothering you and that could be exacerbated during seasonal change.
4- Eat accordingly
During that period, you will find yourself craving more carbohydrates. But it is important to keep in mind that simple carbohydrates (some of which are actually comfort food) will spike your blood sugar levels and then send them crashing down. This will also affect your mood.
Try to switch to a healthier type of comfort food such as oatmeal, fruits, vegetables and a lot of proteins.
5- Sleep & meditation
Sleep is very important to avoid Seasonal Affective Disorder since it plays a big part in regulating your energy levels and mood. Try to disconnect from all electronics, including your phone, thirty minutes at least before you go to sleep and meditate while deep breathing until you fall asleep. This should help you get some restorative sleep and recharge you with energy.