The countdown to the end of summer has begun. Soon, sandy feet and dips in the ocean will be fading memories that make you want to cry every time you see your old Instagram posts.
However, the beginning of fall doesn’t have to be as bad you think. Follow our six suggestions for a smooth transition to colder times.
1. Read More
When the weather starts getting rainy and cold, curling up with a book and a cup of warm coffee or tea is a great way to keep yourself busy. From the newly released to the classics, losing yourself in a story can be highly therapeutic.
2. Get inspired
Figuring out your goals – long term and short term – can be a way to motivate you when the weather is so rubbish that all you want to do is lie in bed watching PLL. Make a moodboard so you’re inspired every time you look at it.
3. Cook More
Cooking at home takes time and preparation but it’s worth every second. Besides saving money on take-outs, you’ll know exactly what you’re eating. Make sure you get magnesium to prevent fatigue and hormone inbalances by eating beans and cashew nuts, and B Vitamin, essential for energy production, by stocking up on wholegrains and green leafy vegetables.
Exercise is always a great way to feel better, especially if your job involves a lot of sitting in front of the computer. Studies have shown that regular physical can boost your mood by enhancing the release of endorphins, and just walking fast for about 35 minutes a day five times a week can have significant influence on mild to moderate depression symptoms.
5. Get some light
One of the main reasons people get sadder during winter is because of less sunlight, so going outside even when it’s chilly is essential to make you feel happier. Plus your concentration and focus levels will also benefit from some outdoor time. Being in nature without electronics has been shown to improve creativity and studies show that a simple walk outside can make you feel more focused.
6. Plan a holiday
If all else fails, plan a sunny getaway. Studies suggest that just planning a holiday can significantly boost overall happiness levels.