Happy October! The leaves are falling and the weather is cooling down. Time to pull out your booties and grab yourself a pumpkin spiced latte. While there are so many things to look forward to with this change in weather, let’s not forget about that one small detail that makes you feel like you’re slowly crawling deeper and deeper into a hole—the darkness. During these fall and winter months, it becomes more unlikely that you will actually get to enjoy the sun. Forget about the fact that the temperature is dropping every day, what really gets to me is the lack of sunlight.
Waking up to a dark sky is never easy, especially when you are heading to the office before the sun has even risen. What makes it even harder is that the sun comes and goes so quickly. Many spend the entirety of daylight in the office. So how do you stay motivated and cheery when you are coming and going in the dark? Here are some tips for embracing the dark side of October!
Get outside while the sun is peaking. Take a lunchtime walk. Even if it’s just for five minutes, it could be a great advantage to get outside—especially if it’s your only opportunity to see daylight. Bundle up! The heat from the sun will be worth the cold air.
Open up your window coverings. If you can’t make it outside, you can still let the sunshine in! The natural sunlight will have a positive effect on brightening your mood.
Find alternatives to get your fix of vitamin D. Since you aren’t spending as much time in the sun, it’s very important to keep your vitamin D levels up. After all, it is called the sunshine vitamin. Certain foods like fish, eggs, yogurt and cereal are a good source of vitamin D. If these foods are not part of your diet, you can also take vitamin D supplements to get your fill.
Do things that make you happy. Less sunlight affects your circadian rhythm, which changes mood-related chemicals in a way that may cause signs of depression. Whether it’s reading an empowering book, hitting up a great workout class or even just wearing your favourite sweater, make sure to make time for yourself and do things that boost your mood.
Enjoy fall and try and soak up as much sun as you can! Don’t let the dark side of October get you too down.