7 ways to deal with the holiday blues
The holiday blues are real. When the days get shorter and the temperature drops, many of us begin to struggle.
- Boost your Vitamin D levels
Optimal Vitamin D levels can help boost your mood, improve your overall brain function, and generally positively impact your wellbeing. This is one of the reasons we feel great in summer, but when our levels drop due to little to no sunshine, it can have the opposite effect – after September, you won’t get enough from the sun. Keep your levels topped up with daily supplements or foods such as oily fish, red meat and fortified foods.
- Get good quality sleep
If the return to school, university, or work has you stressed, it’s likely this will be impacting your sleep, which we also call a stress cycle. To reduce your stress levels to improve your sleep, there are plenty of things you can do, including:
- Changing your diet, avoiding heavy carbs, caffeine and sugar in the evening
- Creating a sanctuary in your bedroom, free of clutter and designed with pure comfort in mind
- Sleeping on a comfortable mattress, such as an iGel mattress or a memory foam mattress
- Cutting out the consumption of any alcohol
- Book your next holiday
Nothing boosts the mood like looking forward to and planning something fun. The joy of anticipation is thought to truly enhance positive feelings, and there’s just something amazing about the thought of discovering somewhere new. You can plan a winter break, book your next summer holiday, or if you just can’t wait, go for an autumn jaunt. City breaks to major European destinations are great in autumn, as the crowds won’t be too big, and you’ll likely get a great deal before the Christmas rush starts.
Just because it’s colder outside, doesn’t mean you should neglect your regular exercise routine. While the summer may have been perfect for early morning yoga, autumn is an ideal time to pick up those running trainers and explore your local countryside in the cooler temperatures, before the winter rain and ice arrives. The new colours of the changing season present the perfect picturesque opportunity for a family hike too.
- Eat seasonally
Now’s the time to ditch those summer salads to nourish your body with seasonal vegetables. Try warming up with a delicious veggie broth or turn to roasted squash and root vegetables for a seasonal accompaniment to your roast dinner. Dark leafy greens are of the season and a great food to eat to aid your sleep, while a warm cup of ginger tea will be calming and relaxing whenever you feel stressed or anxious.
- Sleep with the natural cycles
Good sleep is all about rhythm. Your body produces melatonin which works to create a rhythm and natural pacemaker for your sleep cycles. The world around us also impacts on these cycles, with the longer nights in autumn being nature’s way of telling us to nourish ourselves and slow down. If you can, try and extend your sleep routine in line with this.
- Practice meditation before bed
If you’re suffering from the blues and you feel your stress levels rising, meditating before bed is a great way to relax your body and mind. Practice deep mindful breathing and try to wash away any problems from your mind before you sleep.
Autumn anxiety and the holiday blues may be real, but that doesn’t mean you should let them affect your life.