AUTUMN ~ Your seasonal dose of health and wellbeing news

Autumn is a beautiful time of year with the seasonal changes in colour temperature and sunlight, although for some it can herald in a slump in mood also known as SAD or seasonal affective disorder.
Why not try these simple techniques to help boost your mood this season?

Soft light exposure
Studies show that bringing light into the home has great benefits for your mood and helps regulate your circadian rhythm, a salt lamp, light box or even a collection of candles can all help. Just spend 30mins with them in the room most days.

Auditory Relaxation
Playing a mix of your favourite music tracks, livestreaming a concert or watching music videos gets you bopping and a recent study found that music was one of the key coping factors for those in quarantine during the pandemic. Try queuing a playlist of songs that remind you of happy times and dance your cares away.

Vitamin D
Vitamin D plays an important role in our body’s function including bones, muscle and heart. There are studies that show it may be beneficial to our mental health also. Spend more time outside weather permitting as the body produces Vitamin D as a result of exposure to sunlight.

Balance and Rest
When you need to take a pause and ground yourself, the earthy scents of sandalwood and patchouli are just the thing. These notes are often blended with light florals such as Rose or Jasmine which can also have a balancing effect on your mood. So, get that oil burner out and make up your own special scent.

Whether you’re a gym junkie or a casual stroller exercise has many benefits to your mental health. Serotonin your happy hormone is released during exercise helping lift your mood and making you feel a lot better in yourself.

Breathe it out
Deep breathing is a proven way to help calm your nervous system and can ease stress in a few minutes. To do it, breathe deeply into your belly for a count of five seconds. Hold the breath for two seconds and then release it slowly for a count of five. Repeat for as long as you need

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