As the vibrant colours of summer fade into memory, and the days grow shorter, autumn ushers in a season of change. Beyond the beautiful landscapes and pumpkin-spiced treats, this transition in nature can significantly impact our personal energy patterns. For many, the darker months can bring about feelings of lethargy and decreased motivation. However, understanding how autumn affects us and implementing strategies to boost our energy can help us thrive during this transformative season. Here are eight tips to get you through Autumn linked to your personal energy patterns.
1. Biological Shifts: Circadian Rhythm and Melatonin
Autumn's diminishing daylight hours can disrupt our circadian rhythm, the body's internal clock that regulates sleep-wake cycles. As the days shorten, our bodies naturally produce more melatonin, the hormone responsible for making us feel drowsy. This increase in melatonin can lead to fatigue and a desire for more sleep.
2. Light Therapy
Some individuals may experience Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), reduced exposure to sunlight can trigger this condition, leading to symptoms such as mood swings, sadness, and low energy levels. Light therapy lamps mimic natural sunlight and can help alleviate the symptoms of SAD. Spending time in front of these lamps in the morning can improve mood and energy levels by regulating your body's internal clock.
3. Changes in Diet
Autumn often brings changes in our dietary habits, as we transition from lighter summer fare to heartier, calorie-dense foods. Overindulging in comfort foods can lead to energy crashes and feelings of sluggishness. Instead of indulging in sugary, high-calorie comfort foods, focus on a balanced diet rich in fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. These foods provide sustained energy and essential nutrients to combat fatigue.
4. Prioritise Rest
Recognise the importance of sleep during autumn. Ensure you get enough rest by maintaining a consistent sleep schedule and creating a conducive sleep environment. Consider using blackout curtains to minimise the effects of diminishing daylight. Remind yourself that it is natural to feel a shift in energy and give yourself permission to rest more.
5. Light Exposure and Physical Activity
Regular exercise releases endorphins, the body's natural mood lifters. Incorporate outdoor activities into your routine, such as hiking or brisk walks, to soak up the limited sunlight while staying active. If the outside weather is halting your plans, consider in-home exercises utilising stairs or your own body weight, even dancing and following YouTube videos for yoga and Pilates will help.
6. Breathwork and Meditation
Practising breathwork and meditation can help manage stress and boost energy levels. Why not incorporate relaxation techniques into your daily routine, even if it's just for a few minutes each day? Consider following meetings with a 1 minute breathwork session allowing you to move between meetings without carrying the baggage from one meeting to another.
7. Stay Social
Socialising with friends and loved ones can provide emotional support and increase feelings of happiness and energy. Maybe consider walking meetings where you call each other whilst you take a walk around the block or plan gatherings or virtual meet-ups to stay connected, even when the weather discourages outdoor activities.
8. Set Goals and Stay Positive
Autumn is an excellent time to set personal and professional goals. Utilise the slower pace to look inward and consider what impact you want to make. Having a sense of purpose can help combat seasonal lethargy and motivate you to stay productive and energised. If you need help in doing so, don’t be afraid to reach out to a coach.
Autumn's arrival need not be synonymous with lower energy levels and a gloomy mood. By understanding how the season affects our personal energy patterns and implementing proactive strategies, we can embrace the beauty and transformative power of autumn. Prioritising sleep, light therapy, physical activity, nutritious eating, mindfulness, social connections, and setting goals can help you thrive during the darker months, allowing you to harness the unique energy this season offers. Remember, with the right approach, autumn can be a season of personal growth and rejuvenation.
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