Loving the fall season may seem like a mandatory thing. Everyone is talking of pumpkin spice lattes, sweater weather, and fall activities. The truth is that for many people, the transition to fall is tough, and the transition to winter is even more challenging. Understanding why seasonal changes can be difficult can help you plan strategies to make this season a better one for you.
- Holiday Pressure: For almost everyone, the transition to fall initiates a lot of holidays: Rosh Hashanah, Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and more. Holidays are fun, but they’re also a lot of work. The pressure to be having fun while working to keep up with the neighbors, your family, and your friends can be overwhelming. There are decorations to buy, meals to make, presents to purchase, and endless events to attend. It can feel like a no-win game.
- Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD): The seasonal affective disorder is seasonal depression. Doctors believe it could be related to changes in light levels outside. If you find your mood shifting every year or if you’ve noticed that this fall you just can’t get into the season, then seasonal affective disorder could be the cause.
- Daylight Savings Time: “Falling back” means getting an extra hour of sleep, but it can also mean spending a lot more time in the dark. It has been proven that Daylight Savings Time affects physical and mental health. Many people feel more tired and less hopeful during the winter months, even when they’re not depressed. For some, the lack of adequate daylight may alter their food intake and hunger level. So, weight gain at the holidays could be due to hunger signals from your brain, not just the availability of too much pumpkin pie.
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