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Avoiding autumn blues

Simple steps to keep healthy and happy as the winter looms.

The changing colours of the leaves is all very lovely until it hits you that winter is on its way, the many challenges associated with the pandemic still have to be overcome, and we’re not even halfway through a year that has presented more than its fair share of difficulties. 

Many of us are accustomed to dealing with winter blues, but this seasonal sadness may start setting in even before longer nights start setting in.

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These small steps may help you keep your chin up:

  • Look after your health. Even before wellness became the most pressing priority for many, autumn signaled the onset of flu season. By now, you’re probably well versed in what you can do to keep your immune system strong – up your dose of Vitamins C and D, make sure you’re getting enough sleep and eating plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables. Keep up these habits, because a cold can up the misery quotient significantly.
  • Get some sunshine. It’s tempting to closet yourself indoors when the temperature starts to drop, but natural light is an important factor when it comes to beating the blues.
  • Keep active. The thought of a run may seem unappealing when it’s colder, the mornings and evenings are darker, and your energy naturally takes a seasonal dip – but it’s one of the best ways to up your immune system, produce feel-good endorphins, and keep your energy charged throughout the day.