So September has hit us, the summer is coming to an end and the rainy autumn months are crawling up on us. While September is a month of new beginnings, especially for those returning to education, it can also be a month that makes many of us miserable, we’re over half way through the year, the days begin to get shorter and the it starts to get slightly cooler. September can be a challenge. So here are my top tips to beating those September blues.
I’m no expert, and I’m not sure if it’s because I’m from Yorkshire, but a good warm drink, especially a cup of tea, is a perfect way of winding down after a busy day, or even a lovely way of sitting back and relaxing. There’s something about the warmth that is comforting and can help a number of problems feel small again. So put the kettle on, get your favourite mug and put those fuzzy slippers on.
Having a change of scenery can have a huge impact on how we feel. From my experience, being stuck inside the house for hours on end, or from working in the same place every single day, a change of scenery for even as little as an hour, can make the world of a difference. Find a local park or green space and it can feel incredibly positively lifting. Its perfectly ok to give yourself time to unwind and reflect. We all need it sometimes.
Now its the one we all try to avoid, eating well and exercising is one of the best forms of therapy you can give to yourself. From my experience, eating bad foods can slow you down. You’re not giving your body the nutrients it needs to perform to it’s potential. Simple things such as eating your five a day, taking the stairs, getting off a bus stop early, walking to the local shop instead of taking the car can make a huge difference to your body. It’s no hidden secret that exercising releases endorphins, which triggers feelings of positivity. Regular exercise can increase your feelings of happiness by a great amount. Eating the right foods will support this, and give you more energy to perform through the day.
The busy world around is is the soundtrack to our lives for the many of us. Traffic, crowds and even building work can stress us out, and I know after living bang next-door to a big building project for a year. Listening to music can be a great form of escapism and relaxation. It can be 10 minutes before bed, or while your getting ready, switching off from the sounds around us can help us feel a lot more positive as it gives us something to focus on that isn’t what we’re used to hearing. Get yourself a pair of cute earphones or headphones, and put on a playlist of your choice. There’s plenty on Spotify that are created for relaxing or calming yourself.
So they are my top four tips for beating the seasonal blues. They are only small suggestions and anything you feel can make a huge impact to your positivity, feel free to tweet me @FromAHart so I can share it with the community! If you also feel like you are suffering from a form of depression, speak to your local GP, a family or friend, or even phone Samaritans on 08457 90 90 90 (UK) or 116 123 (ROI). Calls cost 2 pence for minute, plus your telephone company’s access charge. You can visit the website to find out how they can help you, if speaking to a GP, friend or family member is not what you want to do: http://www.samaritans.org/how-we-can-help-you.