Feeling Extremely Lazy This Time of the Year? Here’s How You Can Beat “the Autumn Slump”
Time really does fly. It’s almost 2020, but wasn’t New Year’s just the other day? Autumn is already here, and the flu season seems to be in high gear. Everyone around is just sneezing and sniffling, and on top of all that, there’s just this feeling of lethargy creeping up.
Pretty soon, days will grow shorter, and don’t you hate it when it’s still dark when you get to the office? You’d rather be enjoying the comfort of your warm bed, waiting for Christmas. Oh, if only that were possible.
Year on year, November has always been like this. Scientists, however, have an explanation for it. That we experience “shorter days and longer nights” means that the serotonin and melatonin production in the body is dramatically reduced, and thus affecting our sleep cycle.
The month is particularly worse for people suffering from SAD (seasonal affective disorder). Less exposure to sunlight means a scarcity of vitamin D for these individuals, which can then affect their mood, and in a worst-case scenario, can lead to depression.
So, how do you beat this lazy, somewhat inexplicable period? Linda Blair, a clinical psychologist emphasizes on maintaining your fitness, nutrition, and sleep hygiene. All this, she says, boosts you mentally, and when a person is mentally alert, they are ideally more active and jovial.
She admits that at this time of the year is when most of her clients complain of overload, especially for those with young kids or elderly relatives.
School runs and exams pile on more pressure and remember that you still have to deliver at work. As for the elderly, don’t they look up to you for their every need?
As such, Blair says that feeling fatigued is normal and you shouldn’t regard it as a sign of failing. The psychologist says that your body is indeed tired, and you now have to do something about it.
She proposes that you write down a priority list of your responsibilities, leaving out those that aren’t critical. Do this every week, then evaluate what you’ve been able to achieve at the end of it.
Matt Roberts, a personal trainer, agrees with Blair on matters of fitness. He admits that people are very demotivated at around this time every year, but new clients always surprise him.
While they may lack the motivation, they hope that working out will give them that extra push that they so desire to see the year out.
By setting achievable goals, most of Matt’s clients end the month on a high, and once the December festivities kick in, the autumn slump becomes a thing of the past.
Concerning nutrition, nutritionist Helen Bond says that in an attempt to keep warm, we tend to go for foods with greater calorie content. This, she says, isn’t the solution.
It will only serve to add you an extra pound or two, and you’ll then have to go through the process of losing weight.
As such, she advises that you stick to your regular diet, provided it is a healthy one. If it isn’t, get started on one. Exercising your mind and body, along with eating well is your best bet to beating this tough month.
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