Guest post written by Gemma Jayne.
As we approach Autumn you may notice the change, the days begin to get shorter and the air gets colder and completing simple activities gets harder. Our fashion changes from wearing shorts and cami tops to adding tights or jeans and maybe even a jumper.
I personally am one of those people that makes the most of every season as I love to enjoy those seasons in their own special way. In saying that I do love the transition from summer to Autumn. However, if you are not like me and find this transition hard then I have some simple activities that will lift your mood this Autumn!
Let’s talk about mood
Firstly, I want to talk about mood before we jump into the activities. Sometimes people associate emotions with moods thinking they are the same thing. However, emotions are fleeting (small moments if you want) whereas moods are known to last much longer, including over a few days.
Another way to explain it is emotions tend to be a response to something that may have happened in our lives whereas moods are less intense and don’t rely on a context or situation to experience them.
Therefore, if this transition between summer and Autumn has your mood low or you feel a shift in your energy then do not worry. This may just mean you need some time to focus your energy on doing those simple activities that will lift your mood.
If you are stuck, then here are some great and simple activities that will lift your mood now
6 Simple Activities That Will Lift Your Mood This Autumn
1. Start a new habit
For me entering a new season is like the beginning of a new year. That is how I want you to take it too, think of September as being the new January. This means if you are experiencing a low mood during this transition period then start a new habit. When we as humans work towards or achieve something, this is deeply connected to our happiness.
When you begin to visualise September and entering Autumn as a new beginning you are actively creating a starting point for your new habit. Think about what you have wanted to do for a long time and do it. Think about where you want to be from now until the end of the year.
You might already have something in mind that you want to start so here is your sign to start it now!
2. Get the music on
I already know that music is great for me no matter how I am feeling. However, did you know that music has a powerful connection to our brain.
Now you may be sat there thinking “well I don’t want to listen to happy music when I am sad” but it doesn’t matter what music you play. There has been a lot of research to show that any type of music can lift your mood, so if you are feeling low then get those tunes on!
3. Head on an Autumn Walk
I am diving straight in there to say that it has been stated even 5 minutes spent in nature can have a huge impact on your health, well-being and mood.
I recommend taking yourself (or going out with others) on a walk without your headphones. Take in your surroundings, focus on what sounds you can hear or what you can see. Make a mental note of what smells that there are around you. Fully immerse yourself in the nature during your walk.
Not only is being in nature good but also physical exercise we all know has positive benefits to our health and mood. So get that body moving and enjoy that Autumn walk this year.
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4. Socialise with Friends
It can be easy as the colder months come to just wrap up indoors and not got out, but this is definitely not always the best choice.
Make sure you arrange time with friends or family on a regular basis, and this will not only get you out of the house but also get you around others.
There is a lot of research out there that has suggested socialising has a positive impact on our mood and well being. Therefore, get in contact with the people you love and arrange a date day or evening, or even invite them around your house.
5. Have a Regular Routine
As the days get darker this can sometimes make it a lot harder to wake up in the mornings and not only this but ensuring to eat and drink will help maintain blood sugar (which has an impact on our moods). Therefore, make it a habit to set up a routine and stick to it!
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6. Light Therapy
As I mentioned above this season means that the days will naturally get darker, and so it is important for us to experience light in our lives.
There is something called light therapy which has been shown to significantly lift your mood. Make sure to ask your doctor for a light recommendation and then you can go from there.
Light therapy is a great way to gradually build up introducing light into your life when the days are a lot darker. But they are also great if your energy levels are feeling low and you can lift your mood in the afternoons when you might be struggling.
There you have it 6 simple activities that will lift your mood this Autumn! You can integrate some or all of these into your life and how you feel best will support you as the season changes. Remember it can get tough as the days get darker and colder so looking after yourself is important, not only for your well-being and mood but for your mental health too
What do you do to support your mood as we enter Autumn? I’d love to hear in the comments.