Preparing for Fall: Your Guide to Beating SAD (Seasonal Affect Disorder)

Preparing for Fall: Your Guide to Beating SAD (Seasonal Affect Disorder)

As the days get shorter and the temperatures begin to drop, many of us start to feel a change in our mood. The transition from the vibrant, sun-filled days of summer to the colder, darker months of fall and winter can bring about a condition known as Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). But fear not, there are ways to prepare for the upcoming seasons and combat those winter blues.

Here are our 4 tips to help you embrace the cozy vibes.


Tip 1: Wake Up Earlier to Make the Most of Daylight

As the days become shorter, maximizing your exposure to natural light is crucial. Consider setting your alarm clock a little earlier in the morning to make the most of the available daylight hours. This can help regulate your body's internal clock and improve your mood. I like to start my day with a mood boost from my shower steamers.

Tip 2: Stock Up on Easy Meal Solutions and Your Favorite Hot Beverages for Those Days When Cooking Feels Like a Challenge

When the winter blues hit, it's not uncommon to find yourself lacking the energy or motivation to cook elaborate meals. That's where easy meal solutions come to the rescue. Ensure your pantry is well-stocked with items that make meal prep a breeze. I love stocking up on Epicure's meal solutions. Their silicone cookware is a lifesaver! My friend, Natalie Olveda would love to help you with that. Check out her Epicure Store.  Additionally, consider keeping a variety of your favorite hot beverages on hand. A warm, comforting drink can provide both physical and emotional comfort when you need it most. 

Tip 3: Don't Worry About Oversleeping

In contrast to waking up earlier, it's equally important to give yourself permission to sleep a little more during the fall and winter months. The darker, colder weather can naturally lead to increased feelings of fatigue. Rather than stressing about oversleeping, focus on getting quality rest to recharge your body and mind. A study from the Journal of Sleep Research revealed that people affected by seasonal depression often struggle with nightmares, insomnia, restlessness and other sleep difficulties. Listen to your body when it says you need sleep. You know what that means....NAPS!! This may offset the tossing and turning you do at night.

Tip 4: Daily Affirmations

Place visible affirmations in places you frequent. This could be the bathroom mirror, your nightstand, your work desk, etc. Write yourself positive notes that you can look at when you’re feeling down. Here are a few to remember.

  • I have value even when I'm not productive.
  • I am greater than these thoughts.
  • I do not have to prove anything to myself or anyone else.

Remember those hot beverages, how about putting it in an affirmation mug? We just added some to the shop.

When in the midst of depression, it can feel never ending. Remember, it will get better! Seasonal Affective Disorder is only around for the season. Once the sun starts to shine, you’ll feel more like yourself. Talk through your struggles with your counselor and lean on your support system. You’ll be on the other side of this in no time.

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