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Wellbeing tips for Autumn

Colorful leaves and feeling cosy has its perks but not when you’ve got seasonal affective disorder (SAD) which, according to the Mental health Foundation, 1 in 15 people in the UK have.

If you didn’t know what SAD is then here’s a quick definition from the NHS – its “a type of depression that comes and goes in a seasonal pattern.”

You might even have it without realising. So, if the shorter days and longer nights get you down here’s how you can combat it.

Start early, end early

It can be tempting to sleep in later as it gets darker but it’s won’t make you feel better in the long term. Getting up earlier is in line with Ayurveda principles – read more about bringing Ayurveda into your life here – which helps your body adjust to the new A/W environment.

Exercising during your early mornings rather than in the evening can battle the change-of-season fatigue. Plus, it will help you set a routine and give you a bit more free time in the evening to feel cosy with your woodfire electric blanket.

 

Vitamins, vitamins, vitamins

You’ll need a large glass of water to wash this news down – taking vitamins can help you survive the cold and darkness! Get yourself down to Holland & Barret and stock up on the following

  • Vitamin D – the sunshine vitamin keep our calcium and phosphate in check. The powerful trio of vit D, calcium, and phosphate work to keep our bones, teeth and muscles healthy. Perfect for when we’re not getting as much of the vital vit from the sun during winter. Get it from fatty fish and eggs.
  • Vitamin C – The humble vit c can be absorbed from oranges or just pop a Berocca into water for an extra kick of vitamin B. It’ll help you avoid those nasty autumn colds.
  • Vitamin B – this one gives you all the energy you need to go that early morning exercise we spoke about. Get it from bananas, eggs, and nuts.

Treat yo self

Look, sometimes a green juice and a HIIT class just don’t cut it. Pop to Topshop, Harvey Nicks, hell, even Pret, and grab something that makes you feel a little bit happier. In fact, while you’re in your fav shop buy a cosy jumper or a decent face oil to get some moisture into your autumn attacked face.

The takeaway from this should be: listen to your mind, body, and soul. It might sound a be cliche but it will help you kick Autumn in the butt.

If that doesn’t work grab a bottle of wine (fine, a pumpkin spice latte) and be safe in the knowledge that outside is cold and dark but right now you’re inside feeling cosy af.