7 tips to boost your mood

7 Easy Tips to Boost Your Mood This Fall

For many of us, the end of summertime means back to school and back to the grind. Companies launch into their 4th quarter which means the summer slack-off season is done and it’s time to get serious as we close out the end of the year.

Between the dip in temperatures, shorter days, work and family demands, it’s no wonder people feel sad to part with summer and start looking for a way to boost their mood!

I connected with Dr. Sanam Hafeez, Neuropsychologist and Teaching Faculty at Columbia University in New York City to explain why people get the post-summer blues and some tips for how to best boost mood!

7 things to do to boost your mood as we say goodbye to summer and hello to fall:

1. Ease into the routine.

A lot of people expect to hit the ground running immediately after Labor Day. Allow yourself a solid two weeks to a full month to get back into the swing of your fall routine. You can’t expect to go from a more relaxed summer mindset into a rushed pace.

“A lot of people make the mistake of going from summer ease to fall hustle and they end up running themselves down leading to a cold. You want to get a realistic handle on the fall routine and make decisions about how much to take on. Planning ahead helps,” explains Dr. Hafeez.

2. Go outside and play anyway!

The fall means a break in humidity and beautiful crisp air. It’s common to go from 80-degree temperatures to mid 60’s within a month. You can still enjoy your deck, barbecuing, reading in a lounge chair, having a catch in the yard, or going for a walk in nature.

Get outdoors and avoid spending weekends in hibernation which only makes people feel lethargic and depressed,” advises Dr. Hafeez who has been featured on national TV talking about Seasonal Affective Disorder.

3. Get things done that you put off during summer.

Before the weather takes a turn for the cold and holiday hustle ensues, take advantage of the cooler fall temperatures by tending to things like, auto repairs, home projects, pet care, medical visits, and financial assessments. “When we make a decision to accomplish things we’ve put off and then follow through, we feel more in control and this reduces stress,” explains Dr. Hafeez. Something as simple as taking a few hours to tidy up the yard, clean out the garage, get rid of clothes can elevate the mood.

4. Recap the summer with a look back at photos and gratitude.

At the end of each season, it’s such a great ritual to do a recap. Look back into your social media feeds for the photos posted and memories made. Consider creating a summer photo album with highlights from vacations, pool days, family barbecues, weddings and any other fun that was had.

5. Start brainstorming next summer’s vacation and must-do activities.

“You really want to move into a forward-thinking mindset instead of longing for the past. This summer is over and another one will come. Brainstorming with the family on where to go next, is a fun way to get excited about what’s ahead. When we think about possibilities it elevates our mood so grab an issue of a travel magazine and get inspired,” suggests Dr. Hafeez.

6. When in doubt, get a makeover!

Nothing elevates the mood more than a day of primping and prepping. When we are putting the summer clothes away and pulling out the fall clothes we get to edit our wardrobes and make a list of the new things we want to add. Shopping for new clothes isn’t just limited to the kids heading back to school. A new hair color or style can also mark the start of a new season in a fun new way. “Self-care isn’t limited to meditation, juicing and massages. Finding that perfect fall jacket, shoes, new shades of cosmetics can do a lot to lift spirits,” Dr. Hafeez shares.

7. Use Scent to boost your mood. Scent can play a powerful role in your mood. I’m instantly reminded of memories from my childhood when I smell fresh lilac thanks to the huge row of lilac bushes my dad had planted in my childhood home’s backyard. It was a scent I experienced often and envelopes some of my favorite child past-times of playing in the yard, running through sprinklers, and soaking up the sun!

I love breaking out the candles for fall not only for the ambiance and to set a warm, cozy mood when the weather starts to chill, but some of my favorite candles from the Aubrey & Amandine collection are pure luxury and use natural essential oils for a natural mood boost!

Each one of the scents from the Aubrey & Amandine collection has different characteristics and a particular theme; Relax, Refresh, Joy, Peace, Calm, Comfort, and Renew.

My favorites are Renew (lilac) and Peace (ocean breeze- hello summer!) to help me feel more bright and cheery even when the days are noticeably getting shorter. Bergamot (found in the Aubert & Amandine Peace candle) has been shown to have a lifting effect, so it can stimulate uplifting thoughts and feelings and improve energy levels. The gorgeous candles look amazing too and burn evenly thanks to using pure soy wax and fiber wicks.

The highly-concentrated candles are large and the light, airy, cheery scents fill up the whole great room with a relaxing, calming, soothing fresh scent! Each candle will burn for about 35 hours too!

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Happy Mood-Boosting!

What are some of your tips for boosting mood? Do you have a particular scent that you love that instantly makes you feel happy? Let me know in the comments! I love hearing from you!

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77 thoughts on “7 Easy Tips to Boost Your Mood This Fall”

  1. My mood definitely takes a nosedive during the colder seasons. I need to do better about getting outside when I can. I also love candles to lift my mood. I enjoy bakery scents the most. It’s always easy to find great scents in the fall. Salted Caramel Corn is probably my favorite!

  2. Jennifer Crecelius

    I frequently use smells to improve my mood, but I looking forward to trying your other methods as well! I’m excited for some cooler weather, so we can get outside more often!

  3. Christy Caldwell

    Great tools for overcoming seasonal depression. I love Fall and shorter days, but I’m in the SouthEast so it means a lot more comfort for me.

  4. I know I always feel a little down when summer ends as it seems to go by so quickly. This article had some great tips to ease into fall mode. I love the idea of scented candles as I know scents trigger places and joyful memories when you have them throughout your house.

  5. I’m so not looking forward to BTS, but what can we do?! lol These ideas would absolutely help boost my mood. Thanks for sharing! I would love to try that product.

  6. I prefer to go outdoors in the fall rather than summer. Who doesn’t love suede booties,Jean jackets and big blanket scarves ??

  7. Yeah, I do think you really need to play outside regardless of what the weather is like at least a little bit. . . . except if you are in Antarctica and then well . . . whatever. But going outside is such a mood booster.

  8. I love the fall it’s so peaceful and I love to attend all fall festivities in my area. It’s the best I can’t wait I am over summer.

  9. Oooo so many great suggestions!! I always have a trip to plan for! I’m convinced if you always have a trip coming up, even if it’s kind of far away, you will be fine!

  10. Arg, I know that there isn’t much summer left. I love summer and am definitely going to miss it. I do try to get out during the fall here too though there really isn’t much sun buy the end of September. It still does make me feel good to outside even in the cooler weather.

  11. I am definitely starting to feel it. Its weird how the older you get the more you feel the seasons change. Thanks for the tips.

  12. Wonderful tips! I try my best to incorporate all of this into my children and my life! Gotta stay on top of my depression!

  13. Before even reading the article I knew scent had to be on the list. I clean home and a nicely scented home always seems to boost my mood.

  14. I have no problems with Fall coming, that is my favourite season, I love the cooler temps and the smells of Fall!!

  15. Tracy Robertson

    These are all great tips. Even though I don’t get a chance to swim as often as I like, I am always a little sad when swimming season ends, but it’s nice to be outside in the crisp air too, And I enjoy planning for Halloween.

  16. Christina Ferguson

    Fall is actually my favorite time of year. It is in February I start to get in to a funk. I am a candle hoarder and always have one burning.I change my scents through the year. I think your advice to go outside and play anyway is 100%on the mark.It works for me.

  17. Fortunately I live in Florida where the sun shines pretty much all year round, however my mood can get low during rainy season. When that happens I get out to the gym. Scents can sure lift my spirits and set a relaxing mood.

  18. elizabeth miller

    My mood always changes with the seasons. I love the destress tips you give for overcoming or at least helping with the stress of the change.

  19. These are really great tips but my favorite is “when in doubt get a makeover”. Nothing makes me feel better then letting someone pamper me or pampering myself!

  20. Theresa Jenkins

    My scent is apple cinnamon, I like lots of light (or sun) being around people or just outdoors playing in the leaves with the grand kids would boost my mood this fall.

  21. I look forward to the cooler temperatures in the Fall. Boosting my mood is something that I definitely need to do on a consistent basis. Those are some super useful tips for boosting my mood.

  22. Deborah Cochran

    I’m excited to try the Renew candle. The scent of lavender reminds me of my mom’s soothing scent she wore when I was little. If I was having a rough day, I would climb into her lap and close my eyes feeling the scent relax me <3

  23. Fall is my favorite time of year!
    Lighting a nice Pumpkin Spice candle always gets me in the mood for fall.
    Bring on the football, cool crisp air and all the beautiful ORANGE (my fave color) decorations!

  24. Brenda Disimone

    I love to light candles they help uplift my mood and always make me feel better , like im spoiling myself !

  25. All great ideas on how to boost mood once the colder weather starts. Winter is so darn long here in northern New England, so I definitely need to boost my mood during the cold, dreary days.

  26. Great tips! Excellent motivation as head into Fall! Candles make me so happy. I love that these ones are infused with essential oils.

  27. My mood always takes a dive when the weather starts cooling off. I would love to have one of these to lift my spirits and make my mood much better.

  28. Tracy Suzanne DeLoach

    I always look so forward to fall, because living in Florida it gets so hot we tend to just stay inside and absorb the a/c. When the fall weather comes which could be Nov or Dec here, it’s so crisp & cool and we can enjoy the outdoors again. Thanks for sharing so many tips. I’m sure this post will be helpful to so many people. I love learning new tips!

  29. Tracy Suzanne DeLoach

    Hi Cindy. Thank you for giving us so many great tips on how to beat the blues. It’s so hot here that I get almost giddy at the thought of fall weather and staying outdoors more. It would be so relaxing to come in and smell these beautiful scented candles while preparing dinner.

  30. I’m addicted to my Sol Dr Janeiro Bum Bum cream for scent of summer. I love candles that are unique and make my home cozy. Great post, thank you!

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