Feeling Anxious About the End of Summer? Tips for Reducing "Autumn Anxiety"
Autumn can heighten anxiety levels due to the coming lifestyle and daylight change. Try using these tips to manage your stress over the coming months with brain health tips.
For many people, autumn represents more than just cooler temperatures, brisk winds, and falling leaves. It means the stress of preparing for the holidays is looming, vacation time from work has ended, and several months of long, cold, dark days will trap us indoors. While some enjoy the relief from hot, humid weather and taking walks among brightly colored trees, others feel a sense of uneasiness about the change from summer to fall.
We know that the amount of daylight we receive affects the neurotransmitter release in the brain.
Understanding the causes of this type of temporary stress and using these tips to help cope with end-of-summer worry can help you feel better as you accept upcoming seasonal changes.
Get as Much Sunlight as Possible
Set your alarm for the daybreak hour, step outside on your porch with a fresh cup of coffee, and watch the sunrise. Sunlight may help raise serotonin levels in the brain and can also increase the production of vitamin D.
Exercise the Autumn Blues Away
Grab a friend and go for a walk in your local park, ride bikes, rake leaves, plant spring flower bulbs, or paint that old chair you've been meaning to refurbish. Do anything for at least 30 to 45 minutes each day that gets you standing up and moving around.
Learn Something New
If you have ever wanted to improve your computer skills, learn a new language, or start playing the piano, autumn is a great time to do just that. Many towns offer community college extension courses at reduced costs for seniors, with afternoon and evening hours available.
Focus On Your Blessings
Dreading the dark days of winter, the holidays, and the end of the year can feel overwhelming. Reframe your thought patterns by writing down what you are grateful for and realizing that there are so many people who are less fortunate than you.