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!
Learn more about these beautiful mood-boosting scented candles from Aubert & Amandine in my YouTube video here:
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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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