It seems like only yesterday that we were sunning ourselves in the 30-degree heat, but with summer time set to officially end in just a few weeks, this transitional period of darker mornings and evenings can get the better of us all.
Even though autumn and winter give us a lot to look forward to (Halloween, bonfire night, crisp mornings, cosy fires and Christmas), waking up and coming home in the dark – paired with the rapidly declining temperature can understandably leave us feeling a little lacklustre.
If you’d like to greet the new season with a smile, see our useful tips for a seamless transition below:
The colder seasons always seem to have us craving those carbohydrate-laden comfort foods. Think pasta, pies, bread and rice. Whilst these foods are fine in moderation, make sure you are eating smart and stocking up on vitamin rich fruit and vegetables such as lovely seasonal root vegetables (pumpkin and swede) and fruit (blackberries, pears, plums).
Whilst there are lots of public holidays during the winter, many people feel down in the dumps because ‘there isn’t much to look forward to’. You can’t exactly organise an impromptu picnic on the beach or drinks in your local beer garden for example.
Instead of turning into a couch potato, think outside the box and organise some things to do with friends and family. How about a country walk with the family (be sure to wrap up warm), a day of baking at home or a roast at your local with a big group of friends?
Bask in the sunshine
With shorter days, sunshine is a little more difficult to come by during the autumn and winter period. Natural sunlight is extremely good for you and can prevent the development of seasonal affective disorder (SAD), which is caused by a lack of sunlight. If you can manage it, try waking up a little earlier to make the most of the sunshine. Even if it’s just popping outside your back door for five minutes in your dressing gown and slippers to drink your morning cuppa – you may find it makes a difference.
If you find that you follow all the rules during autumn and winter but are still left feeling lethargic and low, it may be that you are suffering from seasonal affective disorder (SAD), a form of depression linked to the lack of daylight during the winter months.
Different forms of treatment for SAD include antidepressants, light therapy (phototherapy), counselling and hypnosis.
Hypnotherapy is a holistic therapy, which means practitioners look at the patient as a whole rather than just treating the symptoms. Everyone is different and often what works for one person won’t work for another, so it is essential that the hypnotherapist gets to know each individual.
Hypnotherapy addresses both the conscious and the subconscious mind to find the source of the problem. To find out more about how hypnotherapy can help with depression, please visit our fact-sheet.
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