Blogtober Day 21: Good Vibes Only

Happy October!

Welcome to Blogtober Day 21 and the last of a bunch of guest posts. Today Tom is talking about his experiences with the best ways to combat SAD (Seasonal affective disorder). I hope you enjoy this post as much as I do.

The fall can be a challenging time of year for some people. If you’re one of them, don’t worry! I have got your back with these four tips to help you stay happy and healthy during the autumn months.

Get outside

This should be no surprise to anyone—getting outside is one of the best ways to clear your head and feel like yourself again, especially during the autumn months. Whether you go for a hike, play football with some friends in a park, or just chill on campus lawns with a book and an apple cider (the most delicious way), getting out into nature will help you get back into good vibes mode.

Exercise regularly

It might sound counterintuitive, but exercise is a great way to improve your mood. When you work out, your body releases endorphins—those happy chemicals that help you feel good and even have a positive impact on immune function. In fact, research shows regular exercise can reduce symptoms of depression and anxiety. Even if there’s no time to hit the gym, consider taking a brisk walk or going for a run in your neighbourhood park; even just ten minutes of physical activity can improve your mood!

Be social!

There’s no better way to feel good than by socializing with friends and family. This is especially true during the autumn months when people are feeling down because of the cold weather. In addition to connecting with those around you, try getting involved in your community by volunteering or joining a club or group. You could even try something fun with friends like taking a class together or playing sports!

Avoid caffeine and alcohol

Caffeine and alcohol are two common substances that can trigger anxiety. If you’re prone to seasonal depression, it may be best to avoid caffeine altogether. Caffeine is a stimulant, so it will make your body produce adrenaline and other stress hormones—which can make you feel more anxious than usual. Alcoholic beverages have similar effects on the body and brain as well as cause dehydration which could result in sleep disturbances for some people who are already prone to insomnia due to the lack of sunlight during this time of year.

So if you’re going through a rough patch this fall or winter season, try limiting your caffeine consumption (that includes chocolate!) and stay away from alcohol!

You can be happy in the fall despite seasonal depression

While it’s natural to feel down after the long summer months end, you should know that there are ways to combat seasonal depression. You may have noticed yourself feeling more sluggish than usual and experiencing symptoms such as sleepiness and low energy levels. The good news is that there are many things you can do to help with these symptoms.

  • Keep busy: Often, one of the best ways to deal with fall blues is by staying busy. If you know what causes your depression and can identify when it will strike, try devoting some of your time towards activities that make you happy so they don’t affect your mood as much. For example, if watching football makes me feel better when I’m feeling down (it does), then I’ll watch a game during those times instead of taking a nap on the couch or spending hours scrolling through Facebook looking at cute puppies (which would make me even more tired).
  • Consider therapy: If these steps aren’t enough for you but still want something more personalized than just an article online (and who wouldn’t?), consider seeing a therapist or psychologist who knows how best to handle seasonal depression cases like yours—there might be something specific going on inside their head right now which could cause them not being able to cope well with certain situations…like cold weather!

So, here’s the thing: you can be happy in the fall despite seasonal depression. There are a lot of things you can do to counteract these feelings, even if you suffer from them every year. If you find yourself struggling with SAD this season, try some of these tips and see how they work for you. Of course, if none of this help then I recommend seeing your doctor or therapist as soon as possible!

I hope you enjoyed this as much as me.

Love Always,

Gee xoxo

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