Stepping Into Fall and Avoiding The Blues
Mental health professionals consider this type of Winter Blues (SAD) Seasonal Affective Disorder. There are ways to avoid the blues.
I am individual who really DOES NOT CARE for the FALL SEASON. I didn’t even as a small child, and I don’t think I ever will. However, by the time WINTER ROLLS AROUND, I accept the drastic darkness and chill of the weather and time change, and it becomes a little easier because the next season after winter is SPRING, “Yay”!
I believed that stepping into Fall meant a periodic seasonal set back. Also, experiencing Seasonal and Autumn Blues meant that I was not necessarily depressed or unhappy about any particular thing. I am generally happy about pleasant experiences during the fall; but not always during down time. Also, I have to push (SOME DAYS REALLY HARD), and motivate myself more than any other season. It is much easier during these times for me to fall into a slump and into a MONOTONOUS ROUTINE!
The Effects of Autumn Blues on Children
To people like me who DON’T GET EXCITED WHEN THE LEAVES CHANGE COLORS, once the time moves forward, stepping into fall meant early morning darkness and long nights because it gets dark in the early evening. Mentally I feel like it’s already winter, without the bitter cold.
Some adults and children experience occasional anxiety when the season changes. Because this became an increasing unwelcoming time for me as an adult, it caused me to be more empathetic for children who may experience this and families who do not understand and who are not aware.
The fact that it stays dark longer, and then can be damp and chilly, causes us to feel lazy because our bodies automatically produce more MELATONIN when it’s dark outside. Therefore, it is natural that we want to lay around and sleep more. In contrast, more SERATONIN is produced when it’s light outside, causing us to be more cheerful.
Children can become IRRITABLE, EAT MORE, HAVE LESS ENERGY, OVER-EAT, HAVE A HARD TIME CONCENTRATING, AND HAVE A LACK OF INTEREST IN SOCIAL ACTIVITY.
I have felt like this for many years as a child when FALL came around, the TIME CHANGED, and it got SUPER DARK OUTSIDE. MY recollection is that it was DARK all the time, and I HATED IT!
As an adult, I understand the unexpected and often unexplained SADNESS that COULD cause me to feel like I just wanted to EXIST in my own SPACE. I have also learned how to avoid being SUCKED IN to the AUTUMN BLUES.
- Make family and friends aware; EXPOSE YOURSELF TO MORE BRIGHT LIGHT; LIGHT BOXES are helpful!
- Mental Fitness/Health is Extremely Important for Families
- Spend time OUTSIDE when it’s LIGHT, and participate in family activities OUTSIDE while it is LIGHT. Go for Walks/Hike, Go to the Park, Ride Bikes, or even walk around the neighborhood.
- Participate in as much PHYSICAL activity/Exercise as possible, if inside, choose a WINDOW SPOT.
- Increase Vitamin D or add supplemental Vitamin D – Light Boxes also provide Vitamin D.
If you experience problems concentrating talk to family, supervisors, school counselors – Use your support team for assistance to work through these times.
Mind Stimulation – Read interesting books or articles; take online classes if you don’t want to be out in the chilly weather at night. Also, listen to upbeat music, motivational speakers, laughing, and conversing with supportive family and friends. This will dramatically help your mood and keep you from wanting to lie around as often.
Body/Physical Stimulation – Physical activity can be good both and mentally and physically because often improving and maintaining our fit status, can be a direct reflection of our perception or positive self-image. Similarly, children who are involved in SPORTS often feel better about their sportsmanship and belonging to a social group.
Many of us, including myself thought it was much more valuable to concern myself with a healthy diet in the spring and summer months, rather than in the winter. However, it is just as important as the WEATHER becomes COLDER. I haven’t always thought about HEALTH from a WHOLE SELF perspective. When we eat healthy foods we physically feel better and our mind function better.
Feed your body and mind by focusing on a diet that contains plant-based foods with antioxidants that help you feel better. Some of my additional favorites are almonds, apples, oranges and other citrus fruits, as well as blueberries, onions, and drinking teas.
I love CHOCOLATE, and have become a fan of Dark Chocolate. Chocolate and cocoa bean, which can be used in smoothies, have the ability to IMPROVE A PERSON’S MOOD. Chocolate is always a mood booster, especially for Chocolate lovers.
Avoid negative environments and people!
Staying clear of negative conversations and influences that strip our positive self-image and leave us feeling powerless over our circumstances is MUST!
It is important to make choices to filter what we receive into our soul through our senses. When we do not want to feel a particular way, we do our part in keeping those influences that may pose a negative influence JOY and Happiness.
If parents are conscious of this for themselves and their children, households will be full of life and LAUGHTER which can be an asset in avoiding the FALL/WINTER blues.