I’ve been feeling in a low mood lately and it’s taken me a longer than normal to pinpoint what is happening.
Sometimes the Fall transition can sneak up on us. After a few whirlwind weeks of back to school transitions, we land with shorter days, less sun and the cool air coming in.
Fall tends to actually be my favorite time of the year, but if I’m not careful, I can easily slip into seasonal blues around this time. And recently I’ve had a lingering stretch of feeling down laced with high irritability.
Normally my thoughts go toward my hormonal cycle- but that wasn’t matching up. Finally, it occurred to me that the shift into the Fall season has been impacting me more than I realized.
I’ve been here before and so, thankfully, have a handful of strategies that work wonders and I want to share my personal go-to tips with you.
1. Essential Oils
One of the best things I can do is work with essential oils because they are fast and fast acting. When I’m feeling depressed, I’ll grab one of the following and simply take a minute to breath them in deeply, maybe apply to my temples and forehead or dab under my nose so I can keep breathing them in for a while.
2. Nutrient Therapy
- As the days shorten and my exposure to the sun gets even less, I make sure that I take a Vitamin D supplement.
- I also reach for Kombucha more often which has a good dose of all the Vitamin Bs.
- Finally, I remember to take my daily Omega 3 cod liver oil supplement. I generally try and take this daily throughout the year, but if I’ve slacked off- I get back on the wagon
3. Herbal Therapy
I’m a huge fan of 2 adaptogenic herbs that work wonders for stress resiliency, restful sleep promotion and elevated moods.
- Holy Basil
I take both as tinctures in capsule form. There are also some well-established studies of St John’s Wort’s effectiveness in combating SAD.
I increase three things around my self care that help me move toxins through my system, warm me on many levels and make me feel cared for and pampered.
- Hot baths- in particular with Epsom salts
- Naps- Napping is a huge investment in my well being. When I need it and am able, I choose a long afternoon nap to combat a stretch of blues.
I make sure I get outside daily and take a walk daily. Period.
The problem with feeling low is that you tend to retreat from connection. I’ve learned that pushing through the resistance and making space to stay intimate with my husband has been hugely healing during these times. There is just something critical to our well being to have the love and physical connection restored in order to usher in uplifted emotions. Not to mention orgasm is a huge serotonin boost!
Finally, one more resource for you…
A short while ago, I did a fantastic interview with Marsha Stopa on SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder) and in particular around the use of light boxes, which I want to re-link for you – if you haven’t listened to it before, it’s a great interview, click here to check it out.
A special note, because of course it needs to be said. These strategies work for me- they may not work for you. Learning how to best care for your own emotional health is crucial. As is knowing when you need to seek outside help. If you’ve been feeling intensely depressed, blue, low or disconnected for a stretch of time and are having a hard time lifting yourself up- please talk to someone. Reach out for help from a trusted professional. You deserve to feel your best.
Do you struggle with low moods when the seasons shift toward fall and winter? What are some strategies that you use to support your emotional health?
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