Fall is beautiful in most places; the trees become a luscious mix of burgundy, orange and gold; the smell of cinnamon fills our coffee mugs; we start collecting acorns because why not? Maybe we’ll see a squirrel, perhaps a deer. The slow approach of winter can bring with it a melancholia which can get a girl down, however. The shortening days, the rain and the cold while romantic in some ways can also be a bit of a downer. If you are one of the 10 million Americans affected by SAD (seasonal affective disorder), the decrease of sunlight can suddenly end up making you feel bluer than usual. There are a multitude of tried and tested ways to turn those chilly blues into sunny yellows however!
1. SAD lamp
Sunlight produces a chemical in your body which makes you feel happy, and luckily there are SAD lamps available on amazon and other places on the web which you can use to mimic the effect of sunlight on those days when you can’t get out due to studying, a cold or a well-earned pajama day.
2. …or just plain old outdoor fun
Of course another solution – if you have the time and the weather permits – is to go out into the sunlight directly. Pull on your muddy hiking boots and grab your coat and go frolic in the woods! You could learn about foraging and pick some non-poisonous berries to make a tart with, pick some wild flowers for your home or to press, or find out what kind of trees are native in your area.
3. Bake, bake, bake!
Have you always wanted to learn how to make a mulberry pie? Does the thought of time with your mom or dad playing with dough and chatting over rising muffins fill your heart with a warm glow? Are you looking for something sweet to make for your other half? When the weather outside is frightful, baking is just delightful!
4. Imagine, learn, create
Jewelry making is relatively easy, especially with the scores of video tutorials out there on the web. You could learn how to make simple jewelry to match any outfit, or perhaps finally sit down to put that story you’ve been mulling over onto paper. There’s something very relaxing and fulfilling about mastering a new skill, and there’s no better time to write your novel than the introspective months of the Fall.
5. Travel (in your mind)
If you’re wishing you were in a warm Spanish-speaking country, maybe learn some Spanish online for free! You could also make friends with people in other countries by pen-palling! If you don’t like your present chilly situation, you can invest in future fun by learning about other cultures and making friends world-wide.
6. Enjoy it to the max
Sometimes the antidote to early-winter blues isn’t escape but indulgence. Listen to some old jazz and blues music, sit by a crackling fire reading The Lord of the Rings, sip on a hot mug of cocoa with cinnamon, enjoy the pitter patter of the rain on the window pane and the sound of the wind as it rustles through the trees. Wear a baggy jumper, dye your hair a different color and buy some cute animal tights. And if you haven’t seen it, watch The Blues Brothers – no one can feel down watching this timeless wonder. And cuddle lots of cute cats and dogs. Fall isn’t so bad after all!