For many of us, fall is a time to embrace warm sweaters, warm drinks, and the start of the holidays. But for others, autumn’s shorter days and cooler weather can be anything but fun. Many people start to struggle this time of year with SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder), which is a type of depression believed to be caused by the changing of the seasons. Other people feel the strain and stress of the holidays, and others simply just hate the cold weather.
If any of these describe you, then you may need a few suggestions for getting through the cooler months! Here are several ways to stay feeling like yourself as the days get shorter and the temperatures drop.
If you hate the cold…
“There is no such thing as bad weather, only inappropriate clothing.” –Sir Ranulph Fiennes
The cold months can be hard to get through if you don’t have the right clothes, so be sure to update your wardrobe for the change of season. Make sure to dress in layers with a real, heavy-duty winter coat. You can even invest in long underwear, which makes all the difference! Look for the thinnest kind so it fits nicely under your outfit.
If you dread the holidays…
Everyone handles the holidays differently. While many people are bustling around enjoying friends and family, other people find themselves alone on the holidays, or reminiscing about past memories. It can be tough, especially if you are missing a loved one or don’t have family nearby. If that’s the case, take time during the holidays to reach out to others. Volunteering your time at a local soup kitchen, for example, can help turn your thoughts outward as you focus on improving a stranger’s day.
If the dark days are getting to you…
The key to dealing with shorter days is to make sure you catch some sunlight while you can. A bit of vitamin D from the sun will go a long way to keep you feeling like yourself. But it’s also important to make fun plans, lest you find yourself holed up with Netflix for the next six months.
Start by making a list of some fun autumnal fun activities you’ve been dying to do, and then drag your friends along. Now is the perfect time to hit up a museum, visit an art gallery, go to haunted Halloween attractions, take a hike through the changing leaves, or make holiday travel plans. Make sure you always have something fun to look forward to, and these shortened days won’t seem so bad!