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Now that Summer is long gone it is time to come to terms with the fact that the Fall season has indeed begun. Saying goodbye to warm vacation time spent in the sun is not always easy. However, our mental and physical health can benefit solely by embracing the start of the Fall season.
The fall and winter time is not only known for the back to school season, festive holidays, and dropping temperatures. It is also the time of year when people are most likely to retract different illnesses such as Influenza, the Common Cold, Viral and Bacterial Meningitis, the list goes on. Although you could attempt to steer clear of these illnesses, with simple protocol such as hand washing, and covering your mouth whilst sneezing etc. Our physical state shouldn’t be the only thing people look out for during this time of the year.
It is underestimated how much our mental state actual affects, our physical state. When one makes the conscious choice to have a generally healthy lifestyle and positive outlook on the sudden seasonal changes it can make a big difference on the way our immune system protects our bodies. Depression can negatively affect the immune system, which is why it is important to prevent it especially if one knows that they are prone to having SAD. Mentioned in various case studies our mental state can actually fluctuate according to the season that we are experiencing. “Every year five percent of Americans experience seasonal affective disorder also known as S.A.D or winter blues.” In simplest terms it can be described as seasonal depression. When daylight savings time occurs in fall time, it means spending less time in the natural sunlight, one of the primary sources for adequate consumption of Vitamin D.
In order to keep our “sunny time positivity and persona” during the more dreary times of the year we can take action. Continuing to do the outdoor activities and physical exercises that you would do in the summer can allow your mind and body to continue your usual daily routine. Even going for a short walk while their is still sunlight can help boost your mood and physical state. Eating healthy and having a balanced diet with fruits and vegetables will keep your vitamin levels stable and encourage a healthy lifestyle. Getting enough sleep will make your body more able to fight those pesky diseases and illnesses that are so common around this time of the year. Lastly, mind-body connection practices such as meditation, and relaxation techniques such as yoga can most likely help to keep the mind and body balanced during this time of change.
Nevertheless, when the temperature and amount of hours spent in the sun drop make sure to keep these simple yet effective acts in mind.