After some very hot summer days, it can be relieving to have some cooler weather upon us, but for some, autumn signals more than just a transition in weather. With the back-to-back-to-back holidays approaching, the absence of loved ones can make it very challenging to just enjoy the spirit of community that is associated with this time. Even if you’ve got a support system, autumn and winter can be especially trying because the holidays prompt us to reflect on our lives: our accomplishments, our ambitions, and our relationships. And sometimes, we get can become depressed or anxious. A more severe form of this autumn blues is Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), which might be linked to the decreasing amount of sunlight during fall and winter. Sunlight has a large impact on our moods and happiness, to the degree that Artificial Sunlight has been made to try and help people fight winter depression the natural way. Whether you’re just feeling blue or feeling really depressed with noticeable changes in lifestyle (e.g., sleep problems), we’ve provided some easy tactics to regain control of your mood:
DON’T shut the world out: It can be easy to close up and just let your mind wander, but it’s better to keep social avenues open. Hey, you might even discover that someone has your back more than you thought.
Let go: That is, let go of what’s bugging you. Remember, what’s done is done, and all you can do now is take your life lessons and learn from them.
Re-prioritize: Your time is important, so place yourself back at the top of your list and figure what’s most important to you. Then make time for what makes you happy.
Remember to laugh: Laughing is the easiest way to shake off depression and anxiety. Trust us, your health will thank you for having a sense of humor in the face of difficulty.
And remember: it’s okay to feel sad from time to time, but if you think you’ve got SAD or maybe just need a confidante, seek help from friends, family, or community resources sooner rather than later because cooler weather is not leaving any time soon, and everyone deserves to be happy.