Autumn has arrived with its golden leaves, rainy clouds, and crisp air. In the meantime, we are caught up again in the usual frenzy, with so many daily challenges to face.
For many, this season represents a stage of fatigue and and asthenia: we’re talking about “fall blues”!
During this transitional period, the first cold waves and fewer daylight hours bring more stress and irascibility.
What is fall blues? Does it really exist?
It actually isn’t an imaginary syndrome. Adults tend to suffer mainly from a visible swing of mood, and in particular women, as they have a genetically more sensitive biological clock.
Why does cold weather get us down?
Do anxiety, nervousness, tiredness, drowsiness, and stress go on until late autumn? The reduction of sunlight is the main cause, making our body produce more melatonin, which makes us feel tired and lazy, and less serotonin, the hormone of serenity and good mood.
Furthermore, the temperature drop stimulates the body to produce more corticotropin, which in turn stimulates the production of cortisol, the long-feared “stress hormone”.
The best aid is sitting at the table
The first piece of advice for dealing with “fall blues” is undoubtedly to expose yourself as much as possible to natural light. But if the hard work schedule prevents you from having a walk outdoors, the right solution is on the table.
Since food has a strong balancing power on the body, include these elements in your diet:
- B vitamins help your mood and have an energizing action on the body and mind. You can find them in eggs, aged cheeses, yogurt, and milk.
- Tryptophan has a positive effect on stress, improving mood, concentration, and memory. Pasta is an excellent source.
- Vitamin C, in addition to its antioxidant properties, protects us against infections. Cabbage, peppers, spinach, broccoli, and citrus fruits are very rich.
- Iron, potassium, and magnesium counteract fatigue and promote the well-being of the brain. These mineral salts are mainly found in dried fruit and sweet potatoes.
Feel like sleeping? Don’t blame yourself!
If drowsiness just won’t let go, don’t blame yourself. Milder temperatures actually make fall the best season for good sleep! Better yet if you choose to rest on a mattress that totally satisfies your physical needs and sleeping habits.