We are seasonal beings whether we like it or not. Many of us find the transition into fall to be a surprisingly stressful time of year—things feel unstable, in flux, in retreat. Who can blame us? Our moods tend to mirror the season. People who are normally cool and collected may experience anxiety and/or stress. Those who struggle with stress may find that they get easily overwhelmed in autumn and may even start to feel the effects of depression. For a lot of us, the transition from summer to fall is actually one of the most challenging transitions of the year.
But autumn doesn’t have to be a time of stressful change. That only happens when you are fighting the change of the seasons (because no one ever wants summer to end). By adjusting your outlook and lifestyle, autumn can become one of your happiest and most productive times of year. Here are some tips for staying balanced, happy and productive during this stark seasonal change:
For goodness sake, buy some vitamin D
If you want to avoid seasonal stress and anxiety, vitamin D is your best bet. Every single tissue in your body has vitamin D receptors (did you know that it is technically a hormone?), so being deficient could result in underperformance (and potential disease) anywhere throughout your body. If you are feeling anxious, panicky or depressed, low vitamin D levels may be the culprit.
It’s important to know that you can’t get your vitamin D fix from the sun anymore once September rolls around (especially for those living north of the 37th parallel, a line extending from just below San Fransisco, CA to just below Richmond, VA). Even Hawaiians experienced reduced vitamin D availability from the sun during winter. So, be smart and stock up on this incredibly undervalued hormone through supplementation.