The brightly colored fall leaves may make some smile, but not everyone enjoys nature’s brilliant display. For some, fall signals the approach of a long, cold winter and that’s enough to bring on a mental chill.
If you’ve been feeling a little blue lately, you’re not alone. Many get the doldrums at this time of year. But a good plan of attack can lift your mood and help you to look forward to the next season. And maybe you’ll get to enjoy it too.
I love the fall season, but the thought of winter coming can sometimes make me feel blue too. I literally have to push myself out the door sometimes but once out, I can instantly feel a mood change. So the goal is not to linger long in a blue mood, but to take a step out of it.
Here’s a Few Remedies for the Fall Doldrums:
- A Do-it-Yourself project can be rewarding and refreshing
- Plant spring bulbs to lift your spirits and better anticipate the coming seasons
- Take a drive or a walk and enjoy the fall scenery, colors, flowers, drying grasses, falling leaves
- Plan an outing to watch the wildlife migration and see how some animals gather their winter food
- Try a new recipe; cook some harvest vegetables
- Stock the larder. Preserve some of the locally-grown or your own garden’s fruits and vegetables. That usually gives me a sense of well-being.
- Plan for the coming holidays such as Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas. Browse stores or online for decor items, crafts or gifts ideas.
- Freshen up a room with a simple paint job, wall decor or trim.
- Host a summer’s end or harvest moon picnic or tailgate event
- With kids back in school, it’s a great time to upgrade or refresh your own skills or learn something new
- Rake a few leaves, clean flower beds…simply get outdoors; it can be a mood changer
- Visit a shut-in – it takes your mind off yourself