Mood Boosters for Darker Days
Updated: Dec 1, 2021
Autumn is here! For some people, it's a time for celebration - cooler weather, beautiful leaves, apple season, and did someone say pumpkin latte?
Others dread the dark mornings, shorter days, and cold winter months ahead.
It's common to experience seasonal mood changes.
These are a few ways to keep your spirits high as we transition into fall:
Get Outside. Fresh air and sunshine are proven mood boosters. Invite friends to hike or walk an unexplored trail. Go apple picking. Walk and enjoy your neighborhood or a shopping district. Schedule a walking tour of a neighboring town.
Limit Sugar. Halloween candy, cookies, hot chocolate, s’mores, and other treats are fine in moderation but make sure you’re filling your plate with healthy, nutritious foods. Craving sweets but want to keep it healthy? Try a juicy, Honey Crisp apple, popcorn sprinkled with a little cinnamon sugar, or sugar-free cocoa. You’ll minimize the sugar (and mood) crash.
Go to Bed Early. When it’s dark outside at 5pm, it can feel easier to wind down and hit the sack early. Get more sleep and you'll likely feel more rested, calmer and content.
Maintain Your Workouts. Regular exercise releases endorphins that improve your mood and feelings of wellness. Set new goals and take advantage of the cooler days to enjoy exercise outdoors.
Socialize. Positive relationships are essential for optimal health and wellness. Invite friends over for a casual dinner and a movie. Meet at a local restaurant or a winery after work. Plan a weekend getaway. Enjoy a concert or fall festival. Fun boosts your mood!
If you’re finding it difficult to stick to a healthy routine or manage your feelings of health and wellness, there may be more going on that may require additional treatment. We’re here for you.
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