​Top tips for maintaining your rhythm as the days get shorter

By: Calvin Sadie Categories: Team News

Written on the 26th October 2023.

As the clocks fall back and we transition to autumn in the UK, the USA, and Western Europe, it can be a challenging time. The shorter days and darker evenings can impact our mood and well-being. However, with a few mindful adjustments, we can maintain our rhythm and well-being, and thrive during the seasonal change. Here are some helpful tips I use that could help you navigate the transition with ease:

  1. Get sunlight: with shorter days, it's essential to maximise your exposure to natural light. Spend time outdoors during daylight hours, even if it's just a short 10-minute walk during your lunch break. Natural light helps regulate your body clock and provides you with vitamin-D which is something we often lack in the winter months.
  2. Stay active: don't let the darkness discourage you from exercising. Find a workout routine that you enjoy, whether it's a morning gym session, a brisk walk, or a yoga session. Regular physical activity boosts your mood and energy levels and can help you sleep.
  3. Maintain a healthy diet: as the season changes, your cravings may change too. Try to stay disciplined and focus on nourishing your body with nutritious foods (the odd treat here and there won’t hurt!) Maintaining a balanced diet and keeping hydrated will help with your general mood and energy levels.
  4. Prioritise sleep: stick to a consistent sleep schedule, aim to get 7-9 hours of sleep a night and avoid using screens before bed. Sleep is critical for our recovery and energy levels.
  5. Socialise: social connections are important for your mental health. Don't let the colder, darker evenings keep you from spending time with friends and family. Plan gatherings, whether it be meeting up for a coffee, playing a sport, or simply checking in on loved ones regularly. It’s important to always have something to look forward to, no matter how small.
  6. Practice self-care: take time for self-care routines. Whether it's reading a book, meditation, journaling, or enjoying a warm bath, these practices can help you relax, reduce stress, and maintain a positive mindset.
  7. Stay positive: maintain a positive attitude. Acknowledge the changes but focus on the opportunities they bring. Embrace the cozy evenings with a hot chocolate, a good series on TV, and some tasty winter food. Enjoy the beauty of the changing seasons and look at it as a chance to start fresh.

We need to remember that seasonal changes are a natural part of life, and with the right approach, we can thrive even as the clocks go back. By prioritising the list above, and adopting a positive mental attitude, it’s easier to navigate the shorter days.

And of course, the summer wouldn’t taste so sweet if we didn’t have autumn and winter, so we need to embrace the change.

Image: The stunning tree outside our Juniper office is starting to show signs of autumn.