Robert Frost once wrote: “Ah, when to the heart of man, was it ever less than a treason, to go with the drift of things, to yield with a grace to reason, and bow and accept the end of a love or a season. This is the feeling most people share and can relate to, although for some it is deeper than for others.   

People who start to develop anxiety with the change of a season might have a medical condition called Seasonal Anxiety Disorder. This disorder is more frequently found in highly sensitive people and is more apparent in Autumn. That’s why it’s been called Autumn Anxiety by a Welsh therapist named Gene Scully. The condition has even been noticed in people who have not displayed any anxiety in other circumstances. 

Anxiety with the change of seasons might be caused by various factors. For starters, it marks the end of a period and consequently the start of a new one. In most cases, this means new schedules, routines, schools, work environments, etc. It might also lead to thoughts about goals and unachieved goals. To reduce the chance of these changes to lead to anxiety it might help to think and plan for them beforehand as well as plan for some relaxation periods, to help your mind, adjust.

One of the biggest triggers of Seasonal Anxiety is the lack of being outdoors and getting vitamin D. Numerous studies shown that vitamin D deficiency can trigger depression and anxiety. Therefore, it is a good idea to start supplementing as soon as you notice that you can’t spend enough time outdoors. Additionally, make sure that your home and work environment are as bright as possible. 

Eating healthy might sound like a worn out and no-brainer advice, but it makes a world of difference. If you are terrible at controlling your diet, at least try to avoid foods and drinks that are extremely high in sugar. 

If you feel you are experiencing anxiety during the Autumn months, know that you are not alone and there are ways to help yourself. 

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