The 10 Best Ways to Beat the Autumn Blues and Avoid S.A.D

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After a pretty hectic summer (or lack thereof), autumn is finally here – and whilst we’re excited for a season of cosy coats and layers, the impending arrival of the colder weather and the shorter days is already somewhat affecting our moods. However, worry not if you’ve got a case of the autumn blues, there’s actually some science behind it. Here’s how to combat it, with a little help from some BrandAlley essentials…

Top tips to beat the autumn blues

Make the most of natural light

We know the lighter hours can be few and far between, especially when we get to October and November. However, now we’re spending a lot more time at home and working remotely, it can be easy to get into a rut of staying indoors from nine to five. That’s why its exceptionally important to head outside, be it for a morning walk or lunchtime escapade – those hours of natural daylight and essential dose of Vitamin D is sure to uplift your mood. Try and keep your curtains open, as well as your windows to get some fresh air (as long as it’s not too cold…)

Invest in a cosy blanket (preferably weighted)

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Sometimes, an evening spent wrapped in a cosy blanket can be the best therapy there is. Why not take it a step further and invest in a weighted blanket? It’s a fact, weighted blankets actually create the same effect as being hugged by someone. Now, for the sciencey bit, this reduces the production of cortisol (which is responsible for stress), whilst also stimulating the body to produce serotonin – the happiness hormone. If that isn’t an excuse for a night in with Netflix, nothing is.

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Cascade 4kg 90x180cm Weighted Blanket – £39

Try and stick to a routine

By now, you’ve probably adapted to somewhat of a new routine, however how much do you actually comply with it? Simple fixes like going to bed and getting up at the same time works wonders (we know how easy this sounds…), and you should try to avoid negative stimulants such as caffeine and alcohol later in the day as it’ll affect your slumber, and have you waking up on the wrong side of the bed.

Eat seasonal, nutritious food

Did you know that what you eat can really affect your mood? Small wins like a chocolate bar or a bowl of your favourite chips may cheer you up in the short term, but it’s a balanced diet based on moderation that will really help you in the long term.

Ensure you’re getting enough vegetables and protein (or substitutes) things like swede, sweet potato and pumpkin are rich in vitamin C, and if you’re not the most inspired cook, food boxes such as Gousto and Mindful Chef can help you get the inspiration you need – plus, it’ll bring the fun back into cooking when you take the perfect Insta-ready shot of your food.

Bring fresh florals into your space

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How many times have you bought yourself a fresh bouquet of flowers to uplift your mood? Whether you prefer a seasonal floral or a plant haven, the aesthetics of flowers and nature will always bring a burst of positivity. However, if you prefer a lower maintenance alternative, you can always fake it with some faux flowers, or keep it simple with a floral printed cushions and bedding for a forever floral effect.

Gallery Faux Maguey – £39

Gallery Vintage Floral Cushion Gold – £38

Sanderson Mandarin Flowers King Duvet Cover Set – £40


Try meditation

Meditation is a great way to remove sad or anxious thoughts and clear your mind of negativity. Even just 10 minutes a day can be enough, so ensure you’re making time for at least that. If you’re a beginner, apps like Headspace, videos on Youtube or online articles can provide a simple step by step introduction.

Add exercise to your routine

Exercise is like marmite – you either love it or you hate it. Whatever side of the spectrum you may sit on, it’s a must in some shape of form to keep you upbeat, especially during the months you may tend to be less active. Fortunately, there’s more flexibility than ever in the world of exercise (pun intended) right now, you can even take part in virtual exercise classes from the comfort of your own home, ideal if you’re working with a busy schedule.

An instant way to motivate yourself to exercise more? A stylish new outfit. We’re not sure if there are any scientific links with a new look and better exercise, but we’re confident that the aesthetic difference will make an impact.

No. Eleven Blue High-Waisted Sculpt Leggings – £29

Adidas Y-3 Black Classic Logo Sweatshirt – £49

Controlbody White Comfort Sports Bra – £9

Brighten up your wardrobe

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Whilst cosy season does normally mean knitwear, loungewear, neutrals and darker hues – there’s nothing quite like a bold shade or eye-catching print to freshen up the longer, darker days. Treat yourself to a couple of investment pieces to mix and match, and challenge yourself to see how many different outfits you can put together with the same piece. Your once monotonous wardrobe will feel more exciting in a matter of seconds…

Aromatherapy works

If you’re anything like us, you’re most likely already addicted to candles. Not only do they look and smell great, but they also have medicinal benefits, including stress and anxiety relief, improving sleep quality and boosting your immune system. If a candle isn’t for you, other aromatherapy essentials include diffusers, inhalers, oils and bath salts.

Different fragrances have different benefits, so you can find the perfect scent to cater to your needs.

Parks London Vintage Aromatherapy Original Candle & Diffuser Set – £17

Molton Brown 100ml Body Oil Rhubarb and Rose – £26

Bahoma Spa Bath Salt Indulgence – £9

Stay social

Lastly, a simple one. Introvert or extrovert, time spent with others can really bring cheer when needed. Keep your social battery topped up, and occasions with friends and family on the agenda at least once a week (even if it’s just for a quick coffee and catch up) Then, you always have something to look forward to – plus, a social occasion provides the perfect opportunity to try out a daring outfit that would be otherwise wasted at home.

Words Maria Loizou & research by Morgane Roos-Carreira