As the months grow colder, the days grow shorter. The progressive reduction of light can really affect our bodies and minds. It can throw off our circadian rhythm and cause our sleep patterns to change. It can change our moods, making us more subject to mild states of anxiety or sadness. It can even affect our metabolism, making us more prone to hunger.
In order to make the most of these shorter Fall days, keep our spirits up, and limit the effects the lack of sunlight has on us, we can follow some of these tips:
Open your curtains or shades to make the most of the daylight you do get. Adding more mirrors around your house will help reflect the natural light around your home, helping to make it look brighter.
It may take some time for your internal clock to adjust, but waking up earlier (and going to bed earlier) can really help you make the most of shorter autumn days.
Exercising, whether it's a 15 minute walk or a full work out, can do wonders to help increase your mood and help you feel more energized. When you exercise, your body releases more endorphins (the chemicals that trigger positive feelings in your body).
The great thing is that you don't have to just exercise while it's light out. Exercising at any point during the day (or night) will really help keep your spirits up and may even help you sleep better at night.
Watching the sunset can help improve your mood by reducing stress associated with a hectic day or work week. It can relax your mind and body and allow you to focus on what's happening in the moment. Being in nature further helps you calm down and find a sense of peace.
If you can, try to get outside every now and then to experience a beautiful sunset.
Lack of sunlight means a lack of Vitamin D. Vitamin D is important because it helps the body absorb calcium and phosphorus, which are critical for building bone, and it may even help reduce inflammation in the body. If you find that you don't have enough time to get outside, supplements may be a beneficial way for you to maintain your Vitamin D levels.
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