, Personal well-being
Start autumn with a burst of health and energy
The arrival of autumn can affect our mood for a number of reasons: temperatures drop, days get shorter and we go back to our routines. We can find it hard to accept that summer has ended and this can affect us emotionally. It’s a season when it’s common to feel low, find it hard to concentrate and be lethargic. It’s pretty normal for your body to slow down in autumn...but why not make it a chance to reflect and recharge your batteries for winter!
Make this a time of year for reflection and to restore energy by following these tips:
- Eat a healthy diet. Having a healthy, balanced diet with products rich in vitamins and minerals is fundamental to handling the consequences of the fall in temperatures and to improve your mood. Start the morning with a hardy breakfast to set you up for a day of energy and vitality. Legumes, citrus fruits, fresh vegetables, fish and lean meat are healthy foods that will recharge your batteries at this time of the year.
- Do sport. Having an active lifestyle will help you stay in shape physically and emotionally. It's very important to choose an activity you enjoy to make exercise a pleasant, positive daily habit. If you don't have a lot of time to devote to sport, you can make small changes by walking to work, taking the stairs instead of the lift, going for a stroll with friends or family, etc.
- Restis essential to increasing energy levels, so it’s very important that you get eight hours’ sleep a night. Always go to bed and get up at the same time. A nap during the day is a good way to restore energy, so long as it's no longer than half an hour.
- Have a positive attitude. Stress is one of society's biggest enemies. Rushing around too much and excessive responsibilities can make us anxious leading to chronic tension which negatively impacts our performance and quality of life. It’s very important to find the time for a break and to employ a technique that lets you fight the sense of oppression caused by everyday life. At the end of the working day, try to think about something that relaxes you and look on the positive side. There are numerous relaxation techniques such as yoga which can be really beneficial in eliminating worrisome thoughts. And physical exercise can also help rid you of worries and put you in a better mood because of the endorphins your brain releases which cause a sense of euphoria and wellbeing.
Don’t get worked up about the end of summer and the return to your responsibilities - autumn is the perfect time to take up good habits that will make you feel better and can help you make this time of year the start of a healthier, more rewarding life.