Are you among those who feel somewhat bummed out come fall? Feeling tired now that the days are growing shorter? Here are a few tips to help you cope with fall fatigue.
Fall fatigue and why we feel the way we do
The change in season and the cooler weather is one reason. For some it’s harder to adapt to shorter days, less daylight and more rain.
A hectic workplace is also a factor. Many businesses slow down in summer only to pick up the pace in fall, just when Mother Nature is winding down for winter. When September arrives, business shifts into high gear and so do stress levels.
A drop in activities is also responsible for fatigue. After enjoying an active summer outdoors, the bad autumn weather turns many of us into homebodies, happy to live the life of a couch potato after a day’s work.
Imbalances can cause a feeling of tiredness as well:
- Disrupted levels of melatonin, the sleep hormone
- Change in levels of serotonin, the mood regulator
Is fall fatigue for everyone?
Fall fatigue affects everyone in varying degrees, but some more than others. Most at risk are:
- The elderly
- People suffering from depression
- Those who don’t like their jobs
And the remedy?
Stay active. It’s not because the weather is bad that you should stop jogging for instance. Make a few adjustments to your gear and get out there. Or give the gym a try if you really can’t stomach bad weather.
Eat a balanced diet. And if you feel you need an added boost, get creative with fruit and vegetable smoothies. They taste great and they’ll make you feel better too.
If you are physically tired, , try resting. If it’s more mental , try something restful like meditation, the best anti-stress tonic around.
And how about light therapy if you’re feeling a bit blue.
Make sure you get enough sleep and adopt healthy sleep habits for quality rest.
If you wake up tired, sleep apnea might be the culprit. Talk to your doctor about it.
If you’re willing to try something new, look into homeopathy and phytotherapy.
And what if the fatigue persists?
Persistent fatigue may be a sign of a more serious problem like hypothyroidism, anemia, and infectious disease like mononucleosis, chronic illness or depression, for which fatigue is the key symptom. Talk to your doctor.