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Fall is here!  For many, a new season means a new start. For others, it carries old burden into the new season. Personally, I enjoy autumn. I enjoy the orange and brown colors of the leaves. I’m a sweater and hoodie fanatic so the first gust of wind I feel, one is swiftly put on as if it were a cape for a superhero.

But as it gets cooler, the days start to become shorter.  Many don’t realize that the weather has a direct affect on your health.  Aside from common colds, change in temperature and daylight can find one having less pep in their step, struggling to stay awake before bed time, and much more. This is called autumn blues – and those could turn into winter blues.

“It’s all about light – or the lack of it”, said Rosenthal, who’s a professor of psychiatry at Georgetown University School of Medicine.  We experience less sunlight which affects our mood. Studies have shown that at least 10 percent of those in the northern states — where the days are the shortest — experience winter depression. “If you catch the signs early, then you have the energy, the focus and the time to do a good job of preempting the worse symptoms that will follow,” said Rosenthal.

Some of the signs include:

  • You’re fatigued
  • You’re irritable
  • You’re gaining weight (not much though)
  • Everyday tasks feel almost impossible to do


Stay cheerful all season long with these three simple tips:

(1) Walks Outside

  • 20-30 minutes a day has health benefits. The most potent time to have rich sunlight is in the morning. You’re getting as much valuable sunlight as you can before winter hits.

(2) Have an abundance of light enter your home or office.

  • Clean your windows on the inside (and outside if possible).
  • If you like to keep the shades or blinds closed all day, I promise, you may want to rethink that habit.

(3) Have the lights in your home on a timer.

  • If possible, have the lights in your home come on a half hour before you wake up and to shut off a half hour after you lay down for bed. “There’s actual data that it works,” says Rosenthal. “Get light through your closed sleepy eyelids even before you wake up and it will give your brain a kick start.”

So, all in all, you have more control when it comes to preventing seasonal mood changes. Now’s the time to be very proactive!


This article was written by Darren Taylor, Social Media Coordinator for Vector TalentMEDIA. Some of the content used was adapted from TODAY. For more information about how TalentFIT can help your company, contact a wellness consultant today at

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