The colourful, carefree days of summer may finally be drawing to a close and the festivals and picnics may be over for another year, but even if you are feeling the stress of university, work and normal life, you definitely don’t need to be in a bad mood. Today, we have 5 motivating tips for you if you are feeling down in autumn.
Autumn tip 1: Celebrate community
Don’t give the autumn blues a chance by meeting up with your friends. A few sociable hours with your pals are sometimes simply the best tonic for a low autumn mood. How about a relaxing evening of cooking with your housemates? It doesn’t take much to conjure up some culinary delights for the whole gang – why not try our spicy banana soup or spicy sweet potato gratin with pineapple? Eating and drinking together gives you an opportunity to share everyday worries and simply laugh away gloomy thoughts of autumn.
Autumn tip 2: Boost your mood with snacks
It doesn’t always have to be chocolate, lots of other different foods are believed to have a mood-enhancing effect. These include bananas, which are rich in vitamin B6, tryptophan and potassium. Walnuts, which make the perfect snack in between meals or in a bowl, also have a positive effect on our mental health thanks to the high level of omega-3 fatty acids that they contain. Generally speaking, a balanced, vitamin-rich diet – with fresh ingredients, plenty of fruit and vegetables and lots of healthy fatty acids – is simply good for us. Alcohol, processed foods and a lot of sugar, on the other hand, are not conducive to positive vibes in autumn.
Autumn tip 3: Get some fresh air
You had an action-packed summer and now you have suddenly become a couch potato? Unfortunately, that’s not the best way to lift a low mood, as we need daylight, especially at this time of the year. Plenty of exercise in the fresh air is a much better idea. This will boost your vitamin D and help your body to produce more serotonin, the “happy hormone”. Get outside for at least an hour a day – a walk in the forest or a short run at lunch time will really help to boost your mood.
Autumn tip 4: Treat yourself to some rest
As much as we like being around other people, sometimes we need a little downtime so that we can reflect on our own needs again. These moments are particularly enjoyable in autumn. So run a wonderfully relaxing bath, settle down with your favourite book or try a few easy yoga exercises. Fruity teas, pleasant music and scented candles all add to the atmosphere.
Autumn tip 5: Choose some colours for the soul
Bare trees, grey skies and puddles of rain – autumn can sometimes be a really bleak time. Bright colours can help to prevent a low mood. The effect of colours on our mental health has been researched for a long time. Warm shades of yellow, red and orange convey a sense of well-being and comfort and liven up our daily routine. So brighten up your clothes or home with a few splashes of colour.
Your Dole Team