Do you feel a chill in the air?
School is back and the leaves are turning. It looks like Autumn is returning, full swing! Unfortunately, with the pumpkin lattes and fashionable scarves comes the steady chilling of the temperature outside, which in turn comes with a host of physical and psychological repercussions.
What can you do protect yourself and stay both healthy and happy this fall?
During this time of year, it’s especially important to go in for your flu shots if you haven’t done so already. You should also go in for a yearly general health check up. After all, who would want to sit inside being sick and possibly miss out on our beautiful fall weather here in the Carolinas? Prevent the flu before it happens to you!
Stay happy with proper nutrition!
By taking vitamins or eating food rich with vitamins you run a much lower risk of contracting common illnesses such as the cold. It’s also been shown that incorporating an appropriate amount of vitamins into your daily diet will also improve your sleep, weight, and even your mood. During the Fall and Winter, it’s especially recommended to intake vitamin D, as the sun isn’t out as often.
Do you have seasonal depression?
Seasonal depression, also known as Seasonal Affective Disorder or SAD, is a depression that occurs at the same time every year, most commonly in the Winter or Fall months. If you find that you get overly gloomy or sad this time of year, you should address this possibility with your doctor or therapist. There are many different treatment options that can help, including talk therapy, phototherapy, and medications.
Keep yourself energized and focused.
With the holidays coming up soon, it’s important to remember to keep both your brain and your body active. Instead of napping through your breaks, why not try playing some puzzle or board games with your friends and family to keep your wits sharp? Muscles feeling a little tense? You may need more exercise. Try going for a daily walk or run. All the more reason to go outside and enjoy the crisp Autumn air!
Still feeling groggy?
With the stress of the holiday season coming up, not to mention a new school semester, and the daunting End Of The Year rearing its head, it’s very understable to feel heightened stress and anxiety this time of year. With the proper planning in advance, however, you may be able to lower your stress levels by quite a bit. For one, attempt to stick to a reasonable budget this holiday season in order to keep your financial life steady. Secondly, don’t overwork yourself to the bone, as this can lead to major physical and mental health problems later on down the line. Lastly, don’t hesitate to go in for professional help if you ever become too overwhelmed.
You don’t have to do it alone, and with MindPath Care Centers, you never have to!