How to survive autumn and save the energy

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There's an autumnal chill in the air, the nights are getting darker - and many of us are feeling even more tired than usual.

Lack of sunlight, stodgy winter diets and the psychological effect of the end of the summer all combine to make millions of us feel lethargic in the autumn and winter months.

Autumn is the season where the hot summer days gradually become shorter, and the leaves begin to change, presenting us with their beautiful colours before they fall off the trees to prepare for the coming winter. There is a cold in the air that signals us to start putting away our summer clothes and get out warmer clothing for the coming cold weather. We also begin to harvest and gather the brightly coloured foods that grow at this time of year like pumpkins and squashes, so they can be put away for winter. It is the time of year that we go from the relaxed and carefree attitudes of summer to the more serious and introspective energies associated with autumn.

Here are some tips for enjoying the autumn:

1. Eat and sleep enough (this is the most popular activity and darker days are ideal)

2. Start writing your Christmas list

3. Buy jumpers ans start shopping (presents for Christmas)

4. Use “I’m only here to get away from the cold” as an excuse for copious amount of trips to the pub.

5. Get a boyfriend / girlfriend / warm human being and cuddle, snuggle and bring sweets on sofa, spend time together

6. Breathe deeply outside, autumn has the special smell. We need oxygen that is vital to all the body’s processes.

7. Let go of negativity – autumn isn't depressive, colours, exciting weather, sport possibilities – enjoy it.

8. Reorganize, Clean & Donate – flat, room, wardrobe and in your life:-)

9. Wear a scarf – colourfull, warm – one of the best accessories

10. Advice from Healt Magazine: We work, we plan, we organize, we go, fueling ourselves on coffee and pure determination. Until, that is, we fall onto the sofa in a stupor. More of us are struggling with energy issues, experts say; they point to the weak economy, which has us working harder and plugging in longer, and the belief that we can have it all (so what if we’re up till midnight making it happen).

 „Just like houseplants need water, our energy reserves need regular replenishing," says psychologist Michelle Segar, PhD, associate director of the Sport, Health, and Activity Research and Policy Center for Women and Girls at the University of Michigan. 

To the rescue: strategies that will keep you humming along - and, happily, don’t take much effort.

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