With September behind us, it’s no longer possible to be in denial about the onset of Autumn. It’s a season that can be miserable, with the rise of cold, dark days signalling an end to summer fun. October is a reminder that we’re on our way into the dark, and if you’re affected by SAD it’s even more serious: it could be herald of listlessness, absent energy or full-blown depressive episodes.
If you’re not an ‘Autumn Person’ you need to find silver linings in this cloud – or at least compensations for the bad weather. If you do naturally love the season there’s no reason not to lean into it and plan some perfect Autumn days!
One of the things that can bring on low mood in this part of the year is the lack of sunlight: as days grow shorter, the amount of serotonin in your brain can drop, leading to low mood and depression. It’s wise to equip yourself with a lightbox, to replicate the wavelengths of natural light, but another important tactic is to make the most of the good days that October can bring!
It’s a natural instinct to nest when the weather gets colder, but try to defy it and plan some Autumn walks to soak up the year’s remaining sunshine, and stay in touch with the turning of the seasons by watching how the leaves change. It’s easy to do if you live in a smaller town, but if your life is in the heart of the city, it might be worth planning a weekend trip to the country to get outdoors and get your body the fresh air, natural light and beauty it needs to keep you feeling good!
On the days when the weather itself stops you getting outdoors, it’s a pleasure to go with your gut and stay in. Put together all your blankets, your cushions, your most comfortable clothes and comfort foods and nest! Whether you’re spending all day in your pajamas or changing into a luxury cashmere track pant and sweater combination, just make sure you’re cosy and comfortable.
Rather than letting the bad weather turn you into a hermit, try to coordinate with friends! Build your bad weather days into social occasions: movie marathons, book clubs and potlucks to make sure you’re not isolated, and you’re spreading the labour that goes into relaxing!