Do you love fall? I do!
Do you like sunshine? I do!
So what’s the deal then. Why is this article titled “The Fall Funk?” Who doesn’t love pumpkins, pumpkin spice, pumpkin scented candles, jack-o-lanterns, and more pumpkins?
I’m a big fan. But…
There’s only been 2 days of sunshine in the last 10 days here. I don’t mean the sun has completely hidden for 8 of those days, but if it made an appearance it was only a tiny peek. Ugh.
Also, the holiday season is right on our heels. That can mean a lot of stress for a lot of people – not always bad stress but stress none-the-less. We see the
battle, er I mean busyness of the end of the year on the horizon which can cause apprehension.
Over the last couple of weeks, I’ve read so many posts about people being unusually down, stressed out, anxious.
We need sunshine. We need bright happy days.
While I love bundling up with a cup of warm whatever, my body and brain really need Vitamin D. I can’t get that with all of these pesky clouds covering my view. I’m also overwhelmed by society’s pressures on what our holidays “should” look like. What we are “suppose” to do, eat, dress like, act like, and gift. Blah.
So how do we overcome these lethargic days?
1. Our attitude and expectations can either make or break our hearts. The meme below from Facebook sums it up perfectly! (https://www.facebook.com/imasortacrunchymama/) It’s so easy to get into a Fall Funk when our expectations are ridiculous or things just don’t go our way. Try to remember that our lives need to be lived in the present not in the past assumptions of “what should have been.”
2. Vitamin D deficiency can bring you down. I can attest to this! Read about my Vitamin D problem I had this past January and then again at the beginning of this fall. It really slowed me down tremendously which got me into a Fall Funk. I don’t like being tired all the time, and Vitamin D deficiency can do that to you! If you are falling asleep while eating dinner like I was, you need to check with your doctor for sure!
3. Going full throttle with NO days of rest can wear a person out! We are a couple months into school now. For parents that might also mean taking our kids to a thousand activities a week – birthday parties, sports, clubs, and more. For adults, you might be gearing up for holiday decorations, working extra hours to have extra money for Christmas, or maybe you’re a teacher with a full calendar. While fall can be cinnamon and pumpkin spice and everything nice, you can also fall into the trap of wearing yourself thin.
Take a break.
Enjoy the crisp air.
Lots of fun things are coming up in the next couple of weeks. Be ready by taking some time for yourself to recharge.
4. It could be seasonal depression. Do you start to get sad during fall? According to WebMD.com there is a seasonal depression (Seasonal Affective Disorder – SAD) that can affect many people that live in countries where sunlight is limited during certain months. There are different treatments and can include antidepressant medicines or light therapy. If you find yourself unexplainably sad throughout the entire year, it could be depression and not only seasonal. Seek counseling from a licensed professional or contact The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Helpline, (800) 950-NAMI (6264); text NAMI to 741741: This helpline can answer questions about mental health, treatment, and local support groups. Staff members are available Monday-Friday from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. If you are feeling like ending it all, please please don’t. Please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255.
Fall Funk can turn to Fall Fun!
Battle Fall Funk! Check that your attitude is in the positive and you have realistic goals. Make sure you are medically healthy, and consult your doctor when necessary. Rest up and recharge so you can enjoy this lovely season. And don’t forget the pumpkin spice!
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