If you are living in the Northern hemisphere, then autumn is most likely in full swing and the days have become shorter and darker... Have you noticed a drop in your mood or energy levels and need a few tips and tricks to get you through the darker, colder days? Look no further and read below!
1. Stock up on your vitamin D
If you live in a country (like the Netherlands) where your exposure to the sun is greatly reduced during the winter, it is essential to take high quality vitamin D during these months. Vitamin D supports the release of serotonin in our brains. Serotonin is a key neurotransmitter in our brain that contributes to positive mood. Vitamin D deficiencies can lead to a decrease in serotonin and an experience of lower mood.
2. Engage in self-care
If you notice your mood drop during the cold, wintery months, take extra special care of yourself. Do things that you know you enjoy, make your home cosy with candles and fairy lights, spend special time with those you love, do regular exercise to release those feel-good hormones in your body. Think of activities you can do that really fill your cup: Is it taking a long, soothing bath, watching old Christmas movies or going on a weekend trip to your favourite city or town?
Use mindfulness practices to remain grounded in the present moment: Take deep breaths, meditate and journal to give yourself the opportunity to remain aware of what you are feeling. If we get caught in thinking too much about how many weeks or months of winter are left, it can increase feelings of stress and anxiety. Returning to the present moment can remind us that all we can control is the right-here-and-now.
3. Reach out if you need to
If you notice your mood is really low, reach out to friends or family, or even a professional to get the help you need. You are not meant to suffer alone - lean on those who care for you and want to support you!
Wintery wishes from Amsterdam,