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How Seasonal Changes Can Affect Your Mood

| Becca Clayton

With it being Autumn, we are going to look at ways seasonal changes can affect your mood and how we cannot just survive but thrive!

There are many ways to fend off autumn viruses and colds and keep your immune system fighting fit during the colder months. For a great read on Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) or Major Depressive Disorder with a Seasonal Pattern.

If you find that your state of mind and feelings alter for better or worse with the seasons, there are some science-backed reasons why you may feel one or all the following shifts, read more here.

Now for some great wellbeing tips on keeping your well this autumn….

Get a good night’s sleep

A good night’s sleep will work wonders for your health. Make sure you get into a regular sleeping routine and give your body plenty of time to rest, restore and rejuvenate. Getting into some healthy sleep habits during autumn can help to make sure you get the best quality and duration of sleep possible. Try turning off all your devices an hour before you head to sleep and set yourself a strict sleep schedule.

Consider the flu jab

Not for everyone but …. there’s a reason the flu jab is offered around autumn; this is when we’re at our most vulnerable to the ever-changing flu bug. Pregnant women, older people, and those with certain medical conditions can get it for free, but even if you don’t fall under any of these categories, it’s still worth considering.

Spend time with & hug your loved ones

It’s remarkable how much touching we do without really being aware of it. These last 18 months have really brought this home! Studies have shown that hugging family and friends is a great mood booster and stress buster, which in turn is beneficial to your immune system.

Stress is a number one culprit when it comes to feeling a little run down and it does weaken the immune system.  “Touch is “really fundamental” for humans, says Prof Robin Dunbar, an evolutionary psychologist at the University of Oxford – and going without it weakens our close relationships.

“Even the arm around the shoulder, a pat on the arm, and these kinds of things are really important,” he says. They make us feel happier, satisfied, and trusting of others. I am a natural-born “hugger” says Becca and it has been the one thing I missed most during lockdown! It has made the world a colder place and I am not referring to temperature here either!

Feeling stressed? Download our simple ways to feel less stress at work. Or book a 1-2-1 with your Tonic practitioner – a great place to start is the Stress Bucket worksheet. If you have access to the dashboard, you can log in and download it right away!

Switch up your vitamin D for Autumn

Studies have been highlighting the link between vitamin D and the immune system, bone health, and chronic illnesses for years. Yet, many of us don’t get the recommended amount of vitamin D, especially during the winter months. Experts tend to recommend anywhere between 2000iu and 4000iu of vitamin D per day should be sufficient.

While it is possible to get vitamin D through a healthy diet, and getting outside, it’s thought that most of us only achieve about 10 percent of the recommended amount this way.

Exercise in autumn!

Physical exercise plays a vital role in helping your immune system do its job in autumn and winter. If you know the dark mornings and evenings are going to hamper your usual workout regime, switch things up and make the most of lunchtimes and early afternoons to fit in some exercise. Circumstances permitting, check out afternoon classes at nearby gyms or make use of nearby greenspaces for jogging/walking.

Therefore, lots of experts recommend we supplement vitamin D from October through to March. If you want to find out what Sarah our nutritionist recommends just drop us a line stating VIT D in the title to: nutrition@choosetonic.com

Just like you, we understand how it feels to have to adapt and change to new circumstances – COVID-19 has dictated this!  At the very heart of our business is a goal to empower you to look after your physical and mental health, and there is no doubt change (circumstances and seasons) impacts how we achieve this. But we will not let it stop us – EVER! We are resilient and want to make sure you are too! We are here.

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