Beat the autumn blues

Maya Driver

It won't be long now before the leaves on the trees all turn brown, the days get shorter and the weather becomes decidedly cooler. Summer seems to be getting shorter and shorter and although it's probably not physically possible to extend the summer, there are some things you can do to ward off the autumn blues. For some ideas, check out what other people have been searching for.
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Firstly, as autumn draws in, despite the vivid splashes of colour on the trees around us, we tend to wear more dark coloured clothes as though we were attending summer's wake. Now this is a sure-fire way to depress yourself! If everyone looks like they're at a funeral, you're bound to feel down. Take a leaf out of the trees' book (sorry about the pun) and wear some bright colours - don't you feel more summery wearing bright colours in the summer? Surely it's the same in the autumn. Also, if you're a fan of a golden glow, you could get a fake tan and kid yourself you got it sunbathing in your garden!

Of course, better than a fake tan is a real one acquired on a real holiday in the sun. If possible, try to book your holidays for the autumn and winter months and head to a nice sunny country. That way, theoretically, you'll have sun all year round. Anywhere in the southern hemisphere would be a good choice as it's spring and summer over there. In fact, it's important for humans to be exposed to regular doses of sunlight in order to produce vitamin D, which helps fight depression. If you can't afford a holiday, maybe buy a light box specially designed for those who suffer from Seasonal Affective Disorder, or eat plenty of fish. Another naturally occuring chemical within humans that is linked with depression is serotonin. To maintain high levels of serotonin, you can't do better than exercise! And since the trees look so beautiful in the autumn, going for a long walk in the woods is a great way to lift your spirits.

Do you enjoy autumn or does the thought of it depress you? Do you have any tips for warding off the blues? Leave a comment and share your thoughts.