As the weather takes a dive into more cooler temperatures which see us reaching for our scarves and pulling out the winter coats, our moods tends to dip, as well. Many of us suffer from seasonal affective disorder (SAD), which is a type of depression that comes from the lack of sunshine, hitting sufferers at the beginning of autumn.

Mental wellbeing can be affected by a lack of exercise, anxiety and sleep deprivation. Most of those who feel low at this time of year will only do so for a few days or weeks, but if these feelings persist, it could be time to seek help.

There are many ways to help boost your mood:

1. Don’t hibernate

Plan a walk in the countryside or take up a new sport. Exercise can benefit mental health, it improves self esteem, reduces stress and fatigue, and can even help with the quality of your sleep. Taking up a new sport like Tai Chi to help strengthen the body and mind will help with low moods. Tai Chi promotes relaxation and mediation, which, coupled with gentle physical exercise, boosts positive mindfulness to shake those low moods away.

2. Book in some treatments

Why not treat yourself to a massage or Indian head massage? Everyone needs a treat now and again and taking some time out for you can improve your mood and relax you, positively impacting your wellbeing and taking away any stress and tension in the body. Indulge in a manicure or pedicure to make yourself feel and look fantastic.

3. Reflexology

Reflexology is a non-intrusive complementary health therapy which stimulates different zones of the foot. Reflexology increases energy, boosts circulation, and induces a deep state of relaxation, amongst other positive effects. It’s known for its stress relieving and well-being qualities, so, book an appointment to help you on your way to feeling revitalised and energised.

Don’t succumb to the perils of the falling temperatures; embrace the changing seasons and get involved in something new. Whether it’s a complementary healing therapy or exercise, its time to treat yourself and nurture your mental well-being.

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