Returning from far shores and getting back to the school and/or work routine can often leave us all feeling a little down in the dumps. Though I wrote about this last year, this subject proved enormously popular, so here it is again. There are some really great tools and things to consider to help beat those post holiday blues and enjoy the change of season into autumn.
Every year when I return from my summer holiday I look at my home with fresh eyes in a way that I never do when coming and going, day in day out. It is a great time to re-evaluate what works and what doesn’t, identifying any odd jobs that are still left to do and areas in need of a good sort out and de-clutter. With the autumn equinox fast approaching it is also an ideal time to have a good clear out. De-cluttering always helps me fall back in love with my home even more. A home full of clutter and broken or damaged objects is a recipe for low energy and poor health.
Any post holiday blues could also be due to a change in your body’s biochemistry. This year may be an exception as in the UK we have had such an amazing summer, but often the amount of light available can be a challenge even in the British summer months. Not only is there normally less light available than in other warmer climes, but we are also further from the equator and it is our body’s ability to utilize the light that is important for so many bodily functions, including mood regulation.
The one biggest mood enhancer our brain needs comes in the form of essential fatty acid omega oils, but these are only well utilised by the body when there is expsosure to light too. The best suited omega oil is dependent on where we are in the world. For example Eskimos thrive on a high omega 3 oil diet as its ability to capture light for the body to utilise is the greatest of all the omega oils, which are much needed in the darker climes of the arctic.
As we move nearer to the equator there is far more light available and omega 9 is more suitable with less double carbon bonds for capturing light as it is already so abundant, which we can find in the form of olive oil. When we look at local diets and traditional use of oils it starts to make sense. So on warm foreign holidays you may well be experiencing an ease in your body’s need to absorb light or there is far more light available in hotter countries, vitally important for good health and a feeling of wellbeing, especially if you normally live in the northern hemisphere, for example in the UK, and have a diet poor in omega 3 oils.
Omega 3 helps us to utilise light as the double carbon bonds in the oil attract the photons of light, which make us feel great. Good sources of omega 3 include flax, krill and fish oil and increasing your intake as we move through the autumn equinox into the shorter darker days is going to do much to help combat Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) too. If you find the darker winter months more of a challenge and find your mood drops to a depressive one at that time of year then it might be worth checking in with SAD symptoms.
The autumn equinox this year is on Tuesday the 23rd September, so if you find the following symptoms start as the daylight hours shorten, then it's worth considering that you may have SAD. SAD sufferers tend to oversleep and overeat during the autumn with an increased tendency to feel fatigued. This is often accompanied by depression and irritability.
Another thing you may want to consider is doing some grounding. Most people believe holidays make us feel great as we relax (and that is often true), but also we are bare foot a lot of the time which grounds us. By going bare foot we are able to take up negative electrons directly from the earth, which are vital for good health. Wet sand is a great conductor of electricity into the body, one of the many reasons why I always persuade my kids to head for the beach rather than the swimming pool. Continuing to ground after your holiday may help keep that happy and relaxed feeling long after your tan has faded. If you want to read more about grounding then check out my blog on grounding:
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