The days are getting shorter, colder and, above all, darker. Getting up each morning becomes increasingly difficult; colleagues at work complain about feeling tired; and once you finish work you are just looking forward to a warm bed. Listlessness or ‘autumn fatigue’ is a phenomenon that many people face every year. It is often a very natural response by the body as we don’t get as much sunlight during the winter as we do in summer. Consequently, the lack of vitamin D3, the cold and the darkness cause the organism to shift down a gear. We say: throw the autumn blues over board and read our 12 tips for fighting autumn fatigue.
Tip 1: Light and air
It’s worth going outside regularly to catch the few, weak rays of sunshine. Use your breaks to walk around the block or walk around your house or apartment block after work before going into a warm sitting room.
Tip 2: Nutrition
Our advice is to enjoy Christmas treats in moderation and ensure that your body has a healthy diet with plenty of fibre and vitamins. Homemade muesli is a good source of energy for the body each morning and helps to fight autumn fatigue.
Tip 3: Jogging
This is our secret tip as it helps to combat autumn fatigue on several fronts: you are out in the fresh air, you are soaking up the sunlight and you are boosting your circulation. When jogging in winter you just need to remember a few rules.
Tip 4: Think positive
Now is the time when you have to ‘rethink’. Instead of allowing your mood to be spoiled by cold, wet and dark days, it’s better to think about nice things: there are plenty of great tips for enjoying the winter and so much to discover! Have you tried chestnut soup yet?
Tip 5: Boost your circulation
Keep your circulation busy! Refreshing your face with cold water in the morning makes you feel good and wakes you up. During the day, consciously breathe in and out deeply.
Tip 6: Stay active
Ensure that you regularly pursue an exciting activity after work. A stroll around town with your best friend or dinner with a group of pals ensures variety and improves your mood and energy levels.
Tip 7: Sleep and rest
Yes, this also helps with autumn fatigue of course. Treat your body to the sleep that it needs. This is particularly important during the cold season to recharge your batteries and keep your immune system in tip-top condition.
Tip 8: Drink enough
It is not only during the summer that it is important to drink: during the winter, the warm air from central heating systems dries out the body considerably. A regular intake of fluid (at least 1.5 litres per day) is important for health, well-being and energy balance.
Tip 9: Wellness
Indulge in a relaxing bath, go to a spa at the weekend or enjoy a good long sauna session. Wellness is good for the soul and will boost your energy for the next day.
Tip 10: Laugh
Stand in front of the mirror in the morning and laugh heartily – it’s guaranteed to lift your mood. We recommend abandoning your inhibitions and simply giving it a go.
Tip 11: Enjoy
Enjoy your time! Put the diary and the mobile phone away and make yourself comfortable with a cup of homemade tea and your favourite book.
Tip 12: Rhythms and rituals
Tried all our tips? Then here comes the last one to counter autumn fatigue: find out what makes you feel good and stick with it. Create your own personal rituals to brighten up the bleak months.
Do you have any more tips? We look forward to hearing them!