As the leaves start to turn colors and a chill enters the air, there are plenty of reasons to get excited. Autumn brings flannel, football and plenty of fun along with the beautiful scenery. However, it’s important to be aware that it also brings some challenges that can upend your mental health. Shorter days, less sunlight, busy schedules and colder temperatures often put people in a funk that can increase stress, anxiety and even lead to depression. With that in mind, here are four helpful tips to get your mind right and improve your mental health this Fall.
1.) Stay Physically Active
Many people spend the warmer months out and about: walking in the park, going for a jog or swimming at their favorite pool. When the weather turns and daylight decreases, it can be difficult to find the time (and the motivation) to get your heart rate up. According to the Mayo Clinic, exercise helps fight off depressions and anxiety by releasing feel-good endorphins and helping distract your mind from stressors. Find activities that work with your schedule and set a goal to be physically active at least a few times a week, if not every day.
2.) Organize Your Indoor Space
As we head into colder weather months our time indoors increases. Take advantage of this time by organizing your home and work space. Whether it’s cleaning out your closet, rearranging your furniture or finally sorting through old papers, this time of year presents a great opportunity to do some much needed organizing. A clutter free, organized space can reduce depression, improve productivity and enhance your mood.
3.) Stay In Touch With Others…Often
While festivals, holidays and events can be prevalent this time of the year, so are stretches with little social interaction. As you spend more time at home and indoors, make it a priority to stay connected with friends and family members. In person get togethers are best, but even a phone call or text message conversation can help. Loneliness can lead to depression and affect not only our mental health, but also our physical health. With the Covid-19 pandemic still affecting much of the world and more people than ever working from home, it is important to stay connected and have human interaction of some kind each and every day.
4.) Do Something YOU Want To Do
October thru December is a pretty busy time of the year. While there are challenges, as mentioned above, sometimes the best thing you can do for your own mental health is set aside time to do something YOU want to do. Cooking your favorite meal, listening to music, getting a massage, going shopping or watching a new television show are all small things that can give your mental health a boost. It seems easy, but sometimes we forget that treating yourself is a form of self care.
With colder temperatures and shorter days, your mental health can take a turn for the worst in the Fall. Use the above mentioned tips to get your mind right and improve your mood. In addition, our customers have found that our Focus and Comfort products have helped them stay productive while keeping their stress in check. If you’re interested in trying CBD to help with your mental health, start by reading The Complete Guide to CBD for Stress.