Autumn is a great season, usually characterized by colorful leaves, pumpkin spice, and sweaters. On the other hand, no matter who you are, autumn is also full of changes – from changing schedules, social commitments, shorter days and less free time in general. With these changes, it is easy to get swept along and feel overwhelmed. This is where Autumn Anxiety can happen, as it is described by feelings of anxiety and anticipation, while not being a generally anxious person, without knowing the cause of that anxiety. Autumn Anxiety is the phenomenon of experiencing symptoms of anxiety that tend to be most pronounced in the fall, such as feeling overwhelmed, tense, or worried, while possibly feeling muscle tension, headaches, and trouble sleeping. Although more likely to happen to people who are already quite sensitive and aware of their surroundings, it’s important to take notice of how we are feeling and pace ourselves so we don’t burn out. Certain things can contribute to Autumn Anxiety, such as decreased exposure to sunlight, seasonal allergies, less exercise due to less daylight or changing schedules, and taking on more responsibilities. Doing activities to combat these things can help keep your head above water, including getting more light (taking vitamin D supplements to avoid a deficiency), being mindful of allergies (especially during this pandemic), and take on what you can manage. It’s important to take care of yourself in order to keep enjoying the better parts of autumn!
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