Boost Your Energy and Fight Fatigue This Autumn
For those who appreciate the changing leaves, sweater weather, and all things pumpkin spice, autumn is one of the most exciting times of the year. However, even with all that the season has to offer, the drop in temperature can lead to a significant drop in your mood. If the shorter days and colder weather have left you feeling more groggy than energized, you may be suffering from “autumn fatigue”.
This fatigue is mainly caused by a lack of sunlight, which extends through winter and can cause symptoms of depression, chronic tiredness, and problems concentrating. In the workplace, autumn fatigue can lead to poor work performance, an inability to multitask, a lack of energy, and the potential for workplace accidents and injuries.
What can we do to triumph over tiredness and show up to work refreshed and alert?
A warm cup of coffee on a cold day can fight sluggishness, but too much can lead to a caffeine crash. Limit your intake of coffee and other artificial stimulants like soda and energy drinks, and drink plenty of water during the day.
Eat a balanced diet that includes proteins, carbohydrates, and healthy fats. Adding leafy greens, oily fish, beans, nuts, whole grains, and lean red meats to your plate can also help fuel your body all day long.
Those living in the northern hemisphere get less sunlight in the fall and winter months, which can contribute to low energy due to vitamin D deficiency. Talk to your doctor about adding a vitamin D supplement to your diet.
Try to get a minimum of seven hours of sleep per day and prioritize a balance between work and your personal life. Taking short breaks during the day will allow you to be more productive overall, and stepping away from work in the evenings gives you the opportunity to re-charge for the next workday.
Fall’s cold and gloomy weather can make it difficult to get moving, but taking a walk or going for a run can drastically improve your mood. If you can’t make it outside, yoga and regular stretching is an excellent way to relax both the mind and body.
Being aware of how autumn fatigue can impact you is vital in helping to prevent its symptoms. By adjusting your daily habits, you’ll not only boost your energy levels, but you’ll also be able to face the colder season with more focus, energy, and motivation.