We are at the end of September, Autumn is here and the nights are beginning to get darker earlier and there is a chill in the morning. Summer is over. At first, this realisation depressed me, but then I decided that I needed to change my frame of mind and not let the End of Summer Blues take over me.
Autumn (Fall) gets a bad rap because the end of summer for many feels like the end of fun. There is that ‘back to school’ anxiety for many of us and equally the lack of sunlight due to shorter days hits many of us hard too. But the reality is whether you embrace the seasonal change or not, it is happening and there is nothing you can do about it. The only thing you do have power over is your mindset. So here are some ways to banish the end of summer blues.
Turn That Frown Upside Down
It is easy to look for the negatives but it won’t make you happy. Instead of fixating on what you don’t like about the end of Summer think about what you like about Autumn. Just by adjusting your frame of mind in this way can help the transition dramatically. It really is amazing how powerful the mind is. There is a lot of truth in the mantra ‘you make your own happiness’.
I Like, I Like, I Like
Focus on the fun you can have with this new season. From pumpkin picking and carving to cozy evenings under a blanket with hot chocolate. It’s not all bad! Make a Like List and write down all the things you enjoy doing during the Autumn and Winter. Once you get started I bet you’ll find there are lots of positives after all!
Every year my boyfriend Chris organises our ‘Christmas Adventure’, it gives me something to look forward to. Anticipation can be just as good as the actual activity! It certainly helps me through those days where you wake up and its pitch black outside and then you leave school/uni/work and its already getting dark again. A Christmas Adventure doesn’t have to break the bank, get creative! Another way to ensure you get out more is instead of buying material things for Christmas give experience days as gifts! Groupon has great deals that won’t break the bank and it will give loved ones something to look forward to in the new year.
Lots of television shows start their new seasons in Autumn/Winter. I was so happy that Outlander was back on our screens on September 10th, going back to school wasn’t as painful as normal! Also, I feel less guilty watching films in the colder months because the weather outside is normally pants and I don’t feel I am missing out on much! There is something nice about switching on a good film and being warm and cozy while it’s all misty and rainy outside.
One of the reasons many people get depressed at this time of year is due to lack of light. I know it’s cold outside but wrap up and get out there! If you want more information on SAD then check out the NHS website HERE they have some great tips.
Food Yum Yum
In the colder months, it is just as important to eat fresh fruit and veg. My mum makes a mean Chicken Stew with dumplings (just typing this has made me hungry). There are lots of hearty meals that will warm the belly, keep you healthy and some might even help boost your immune system. It is hard to beat the sugar cravings but remember the energy is only temporary and you’ll feel awful when you have a sugar crash. I am not saying don’t eat chocolate (I would be the biggest hypocrite ever) just don’t forget the importance of healthy foods either. It’s all about balance!
Shop Til’ You Drop
Shopping cures everything right? Well maybe not everything, but it can help to boost your mood. I find buying a new outfit at the beginning of the season makes me feel good. Plus it’s this time of year that the shelves are stocked with spooky surprises and Christmas cheer, window shopping has never been more fun! I enjoy buying gifts and to avoid the rush in December I start now. There is no harm in getting excited early!
Do you have any tips for making the Summer to Autumn transition a pleasant one?
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