The Fall Blues

While Fall is one of the best seasons, it is also the start of the season that can leave some people feeling down as the weather changes. If you are a person who experiences seasonal depression or even seasonal mood changes, don’t be dismayed. It is completely normal and there are plenty of ways to combat those creeping Fall blues.

For myself personally, I found that sticking to a routine and planning out my day helps…A LOT. Whether it be getting food with the same friends every Monday or gathering at a friend’s house to watch a movie, having something to look forward to always helps my mood. Planning out my day also really helps beat the blues, knowing when I’ll have down time lets me know that I might feel more alone and that I should reach out to friends or go to the library to get some work done.

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Another important part of beating the seasonal slump, is to make sure you are eating right. As cliché as it sounds, a proper diet can contribute to your mood. No matter how tempting the junk food is, opting for healthier options will help.

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If you’re really feeling down and can’t shake the mood, consider talking to someone. Whether it be a close friend or a counselor, talking about your feelings will make you feel less alone. We all need a shoulder to lean on sometimes, so don’t be afraid to ask for support.

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Something I’ve learned that is especially this year is not being so critical of myself when I am feeling down. It is extremely easy to turn those feelings into negative thoughts about yourself, but I’ve found that by interrupting those thoughts my days are better. Be patient with yourself.

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A lot of attention is given to the Winter blues, but Fall can start those feelings for most people. If you’re experiencing something like this, deal with it sooner rather than later. Asking for help does not mean you are any less powerful.