Stress When The Season Changes

To many, Fall means beautiful mums, warm soups, and comfy flannel shirts, not stress.

But for the estimated 10 million people who suffer from Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), the changes that accompany fall can cause something called “autumn anxiety.”

No matter who you are, autumn is typically full of changes and more stress triggers. With fall comes new class schedules, new jobs, new social commitments, shorter days, cooler weather, a tendency to nest, and less free time in general โ€” so itโ€™s really not surprising that so many people get more stressed in the Fall

4 Ways Fall Season Can Increase Stress:

1. Shorter Days Decreased exposure to sunlight is one of the biggest reasons so many people suffer from both anxiety and depression in the Fall. As the days get shorter, the majority of us spend less time outdoors in direct sunlight which can translate into a Vitamin D deficiency. Adding one Vitamin D tablet daily can be an effective way to combat seasonal anxiety.

2. A Return To School -It’s hard to switch from the chill vibes of summer to all of a sudden the rigours of new classes, a new schedule, and new responsibilities as a parent or a student. Cooler weather, exams, transportation changes all can lead to stress rearing its ugly head.

3  Allergies -Stress doesnโ€™t cause allergies, but stress can make your symptoms worse. When your body is stressed, it releases histamine — the same chemical that triggers your allergies. So, if youโ€™re already having a reaction, more anxiety-induced histamine means more intense symptoms.

4. Less Exercising– If you prefer to do your workout outdoors, Fall can be challenging.  It offers fewer daylight hours for walkers and runners. And, even if you’re more of the gym-rat type, exercising in the fall can still be challenging.

Especially in Fall, putting physical and mental distance between you and the stress-causing environment is huge! ANY physical movement is beneficial; even just a quick 10-minute walk can do wonders!