3 Ways to Combat “Fall Back” Blues

Happy Monday yall!! Does the end of Daylight savings time have you beat? Don’t worry, lots of people including myself have a difficult time adjusting to the “fall back” time. Today let’s talk about the science behind the fall back blues and how you can combat them. Here we go.

First of all, there’s a word for this, science calls it SAD, convinient right? SAD stands for Seasonal Affective Disorder, a mood disorder characterized by depression that occurs at the same time every year. Here are some symptoms of Winter SAD according to the National Institute of Mental Health.

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I have been experiencing some of these symptoms honestly for the first time ever. I’m feeling sluggish, I’m oversleeping for sure, and my appetite has been all over the place since the time changed. Science also says that the cause of these symptoms for some people may be due to your circadian rhythm.

Now that we know the science of Fall Back Blue, let’s see how we can feel better shall we?

3 Ways to combat fall back blues

Get some sun anyway you know how! You can even just open your blinds all the way and let the sun come on in and brighten up your day. Something that I also found that seems cool is Dawn simulators are basically alarm clocks that mimic the sunrise. You can buy one here.

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Exercise. This is the one I’m going for this winter season. Get out there and start moving around. Exercising is a great tool to combat the fall back blue because not only do you start to feel better but you start to look better too, which is sure to improve your overall mood.

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Vitamin D. People suffering from SAD have been shown to have lower levels of Vitamin D in their systems. To combat this, talk to your doctor about Vitamin D supplements. Researchers from have recently found that Vitamin D can aid in improving your circadian rhythm (remember that?). Fun fact: November 21st is Vitamin D Day!

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Thanks for reading! If you are dealing with SAD this season, I hope these few tips can help you get through it! Have you heard of SAD before? What ways are you pushing through your fall back blues? Let me know in the comments below! Talk to your girl!

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15 Comments

  1. November 12, 2018 / 9:44 pm

    I have found exercise to be the key to getting me through the dark nights! Some great tips here 🙂

    • DefineShalycee
      Author
      November 12, 2018 / 9:57 pm

      Thanks Ashley! 🖤

  2. November 13, 2018 / 1:32 am

    I REALLY need to work on exercising!! They say those who are more active feel happier, besides a ton of other health benefits. It’s so dang hard to get on my feet though LOL 😫😫 Thanks for posting this, girly!

    Geraldine | https://geraldinetalks.com

  3. November 13, 2018 / 10:33 am

    Totally understand where this post is coming from. I just use daily vitamins to get me through, I have to leave the house for work and to take the kids to school but many times we find cool stuff to do at home such as play board games, watch movies as a family, dance around, play games, do crafting or just enjoy baking – Lots of things we didn’t have time for in the summer as we were out all the time enjoying the outdoors and sunshine

  4. November 13, 2018 / 2:45 pm

    This was a useful post – thank you for sharing. I never realized how much the seasonal shift can affect you until I started working full-time or that there was a term to refer to this feeling. Totally agree that exercise helps to combat these feelings.

  5. November 13, 2018 / 2:50 pm

    Thanks for posting this! With depression and anxiety disorders being a rather hot topic lately (for good reason) our little seasonal affective disorder kind of seems to get swept under the rug. Many people don’t even know that they are seasonally sensitive. Great tips here! Much love!

    -Kat
    https://boozyhousewife.family.blog/

    • DefineShalycee
      Author
      November 13, 2018 / 7:02 pm

      Thanks so much for reading Kat!

  6. November 13, 2018 / 5:51 pm

    My depression is year-round unfortunately, but I actually find that I feel more cozy and myself during this time of year. It’s spring and summer that really put me in a funk.

    • DefineShalycee
      Author
      November 13, 2018 / 7:10 pm

      Spring and summer SAD is a thing as well. If u click on the symptoms photo there’s summer and spring SAD symptoms and treatments as well! Thanks for reading 💕💕

  7. November 13, 2018 / 6:42 pm

    Three great suggestions. I am trying to get all the sunlight during the day, living in Glasgow it can be a bit tricky but it happens sometimes.

  8. November 13, 2018 / 10:01 pm

    Girl! I think you just motivated me to go exercise. I have a degree in Kinesiology but since having kids I have really let myself go. This time change is killing me too! Thanks for the reminder.

    -Nisha
    http://www.busytykes.com

  9. November 13, 2018 / 10:58 pm

    I feel like you’re in my brain. I’m having such a hard time since the time change. People really suffer lol I’m going have to get some vitamin D. I go to work when it’s dark and get off at dark., it messes with your mind. I need to exercise… I know that will help too, great tips. Great post just the info I needed.

    • DefineShalycee
      Author
      November 14, 2018 / 12:32 am

      Thanks for reading Shayla! I’m the same way. It’s already getting dark by the time I go to work and then super dark when I get off. I’ve also been taking Ashwagandha for my mood!

  10. November 13, 2018 / 11:12 pm

    Totally related to this post as I’ve long thought that I suffer with SAD. When the clocks change and it gets darker earlier it can really affect my mood. I tend to miss 90% of the daylight with being at work too, which sucks! I take a multivitamin which includes Vit D but maybe I need to look into taking just Vit D on its own, it may help more. Fingers crossed. Hope you’re feeling better!

    http://www.missblogsabit.com

    • DefineShalycee
      Author
      November 14, 2018 / 12:29 am

      I hope you start to feel better as well!! Thanks for reading.

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