Some people hate it when the summer slides off and makes room for autumn. The cold weather, the darkness, leaves changing colours. It’s not everyone cup of tea but I love it. I love it that when you wake up you can watch the sunrise while nursing a cup of steaming hot coffee. I love it when everything turns to yellow and read instead of green. And there’s nothing better than snuggling in a comfy big sweater while it’s windy outside.
Most of ours summers, at least those who had a holiday, have been filled with irregular sleeping patterns, sunbathing sessions, festivals, meeting with friends and so many other things. But even though I love autumn it still can be depressing with all the darkness and bad weather. I am one of those people who feels the effect of the darkness and weather immediately on my mood. If you are one of those people too I want to share my tips on how I deal with the autumn blues.
1. Go to bed earlier and wake up earlier
One of those things that happened to me during my summer holiday was that I started waking up later without noticing it and during summer it’s fine but when I actually have to accomplish something waking up at noon isn’t an option. I am not one of those people who can’t wake up at 5am and be all productive and happy.
The most important thing is to find a rhythm that works for you and stick to it, even when you have a day off. Like I said waking up at 5am doesn’t work for me so if I don’t have anything at mornings I wake up at 8.30. This way I don’t have to be up at dawn but I can still make the most out of my mornings. If you are at school or have a 9-5 job creating your own schedule can be difficult.
If you have had a summer holiday your bedtime probably is close to midnight. This is something I recommend trying to change. Since you are now waking up earlier it’s important that you go to bed earlier. This is how you will get the same amount of sleep that you did during summer. I personally like to try to go bed after 10pm so I can fall a sleep around 11pm. For some that may sound early but I need over 9 hours of sleep to function. So figure out how much sleep you need and stick to it!
Like I said before, you should try to stick to the same schedule during the weekend. If you go bed at the wee hours of the morning and wake up at noon, getting up on Sunday morning can be hell.
2. Make a schedule
I am one of those people who needs to be organized so I can make things happen. I write everything down on my calendar. You can use your phone’s calendar or Google or a good old paper calendar. I personally use Google calendar for everything! I’ve synced it with my phone so I have everything with me always. Using your phone’s calendar isn’t for everyone but I really recommend giving it a go. It took me a while but now I wouldn’t dream of changing it. I find it much more useful than a paper one. You can add things easily and if something gets cancelled you can just delete it and it won’t take up any space. But find the method that works for you because when you have all your appointments written down you are less likely to forgot them and you will stress less about them.
3. Make a to do list
Another thing I can’t live without are lists. I feel like if I don’t write my thought down they will just swirl in my head and that makes doing things impossible. So I carry a notebook with me and write everything down. And I mean everything. I make to do lists, grocery lists, shopping lists and if you can think some sort of list I probably have that one too. If you have never tried making to do list I recommend you try one out. Writing things down makes all your tasks visual and more real. This way they don’t take up any space in your brain. Writing things down also makes it easier to priories things so you can start with those things that are most important. And there really isn’t anything more satisfying than crossing over some thing you have done.
I am sure you have heard this one million times before but exercise will make you feel better. I don’t mean hours of hard training but rather something you will enjoy and that gets your heart rate up and gets you moving. Go for a walk, hiking, do yoga or hit the gym. Try something new to get you moving. This could be boxing, martial arts or cycling. Just do something and do something you enjoy. To me that is going for walk with my dog and doing some yoga at home. I find that those days I do those things I am more energized and happier. I also recommend that if you go to the gym or do some work out that takes place inside you should also go for a slow walk or do something outside so you get fresh air because it helps with your mood.
5. Eat better
Another thing that you probably have heard, most likely form your mum. But eating really has a big impact on your mood and your energy levels. I don’t mean you should be on a juice or some other diet. I mean that make small changes to your eating habits. Again you have heard this one too: eat your veggies. Veggies really help you. If you don’t like the taste of plane veggies try some new recipes or salad dressing because they really are delicious. And something I absolutely love to eat that is super good for your health and mood are berries and fruits. They taste delicious and are filled with healthy vitamins. Next time you crave something sweet try eating an apple or blueberries instead bar of chocolate; I promise they are much better for you.
Eating better and healthier can be difficult since you can find fast food places in every corner but to avoid the temptations of junk food try cooking at home. This way you don’t just eat healthier but you save money too. I know that cooking yourself can sound extremely difficult and daring but it really isn’t. You can easily find tons of different kind of recipes online or you can purchase a cookbook. Homemade food can be as delicious as restaurant dishes. So don’t be scared of trying something new.
6.Have some me time
I can’t stress this part enough. Spending time by yourself is more important than you realise. Sure it is fun and to spend time with your friends and go to movies, clubbing or dinner but it still tiers you out without you realising it. It’s a totally different thing to be by yourself. After being on my own I have found that it’s even more important than I even realised before I moved. Most of don’t spend time on their own; maybe it’s because we think we are lonely if we do that. That’s a common mistake, being alone and lonely aren’t same things. You can spend time alone and be happy. I know that after a long and hectic week I rather be alone and watch a movie and have a glass of wine than go out to a club.
In this busy world me time isn’t valued enough but even one night of relaxing and distressing can make you feel like a whole new person. When I want to spoil myself and spend some time alone I like to have my own pamper night. I go to a sauna and take a long hot shower while I use my most fancy lotions and after that I moisturise, do a facemask and paint my nails. I also like to spoil myself with some delicious food. I also like to light up some candles and cuddle on the sofa while watching Friends from Netflix.
Don’t be afraid to spoil yourself every once in a while. Take yourself out to dinner, movies or buy that expensive body lotion. Lit up candles and turn off your phone and rest of the world and be alone.