It’s October here already and since the last 2-3 weeks we have started to see the change in the weather. Wind, cold, rain, it seems like the cold weather has just crept in without us realizing and summer seems far-gone! Here is some help to cope with the changing season.
Since we have had a reasonable summer in the UK this year it made many forget what the autumn weather can be like and to some it has come as a shock making it harder to adjust to the change.
How do you feel when the change in weather takes place? Do you welcome it or do you hate it?
There are some people who prefer cooler weather than the hot and sunny weather. I wonder what your prefer?
Studies have shown that some people get affected negatively by the cold weather which brings breeze, wind, rain and cold to freezing temperature. When there is a drop in temperatures some people's bodies are not able to cope making it have adverse effects on their mental and physical health.
To top it off, cold weather takes away the sun and sunshine and to some it makes them feel low or even depressed. This reminds how important sun and sunshine is to our wellbeing!
How to cope with Autumn/Winter?
- To wrap up warm: Wearing the right gear to avoid catching the cold and prevent you from falling will help you feel emotionally, mentally and physically better.
- We do not have control over the weather: It is nature and it will need to run it’s course. We really need all seasons to survive , even if we like some better than others.
- It will pass and spring and summer will follow: the circle of life goes on. Remember you survived last autumn and winter, and you will survive this one too.
- To keep yourself busy by carrying on your routine. Think about adding some different activities if you are not so busy working etc.
- To stay active socially, it helps to meet and speak to people, knowing most of us are in the same boat. We can always fight these feelings together by supporting each other.
- To accept we cannot do anything about it and try and embrace the change. We can choose to be negative about the weather, it is up to us, but this only impacts our health. When we try to accept it and try to find the positive side it become less upsetting and more manageable.
- To think about some self-care tips as discussed above to get you through these colder months.
- To start a hobby or join social groups to keep you motivated. This will pass your time and meeting other people will usually help. Hobbies will keep your mind occupied and hopefully, you will think less about the weather and more focused on enjoying the hobby and the outcome of it.
- To have healthy diet and enjoy some exercise. This will help immensely as it will help your immune system, you will be less likely to catch the colds and other illnesses. All of this will have positive effects on your mood and hopefully help you to remain positive through the winter.
- Talk to your GP and take their advise around avoiding falling ill and take advice whether the 'Flu jab' or other precautions would help.
- To speak to a professional and learn some coping strategies to help you through these months. Sometimes talking to a neutral person and getting some guidance, understanding of your issues will help you to manage it better and maybe even find some coping strategies during your sessions.
I help my clients through this and I am will be very happy to help you too. So, do not hesitate to contact me to book that appointment now so you can hopefully have better autumn/winter.
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