Two weeks ago, Europe went back in time.
Last week, the United States did the same.
Yes, the clocks have gone back, we have officially left summertime and autumn has kicked in for real. All around us, nature is slowly starting to hibernate, the leaves are falling, days are shorter, temperatures are (a lot) cooler.
So it is normal that during this time of year, you feel a bit low in energy, unmotivated and are considering a vitamins cure or a coffee IV.
In France, clocks have been turning back since 1917, a year after Germany and the UK and one year before the USA. But for a few years now, a question arises: what if we stopped changing hours every six months and kept summertime ?
Several french researchers argued that if we had to choose, “winter time” would be the best option. Simply because it is more respectful of our bodies, especially for people with lots of work rotations (ie medical staff, nurses…) and changing schedules. In a study conducted in France last March, people between 18 and 75 years old sleep approximately 6h34 on weekdays and 7h12 on the weekends. Another survey also showed that 1 out of 2 french experiences non-restorative sleep. So if we need more sleep, why wouldn’t we stick to “winter time” ?
Now, if you are in a funk since the beginning of autumn, don’t worry, it is the same here on the other side of the screen.
SAD, or Seasonal Affective Disorder, also known as “winter depression” usually happens when autumn or winter arrives and can come across as “fake” by people who’ve never experienced it. However, scientific articles showed that SAD is real and the symptoms include a low mood, a loss of interest in normal activities, sometimes feeling lethargic and sleeping more. Today, the scientific reason behind SAD isn’t fully understood, but it might be linked to the loss of sunlight exposure, disrupting your circadian rhythms, hormone secretion…
Whether you suffer from SAD in a light or more heavy way, know that lots of people feel like you, and if you feel that your symptoms are severe don’t waste any time and go talk to your GP.
Here are our 3 top advice to survive this time of year:
- work out: jogging outdoors or pilates inside, working out will help you reduce your stress level and set you in the right mindset for your day
- get outdoors: the temperature may be cold right now, but autumn is one of the most beautiful season. A nice walk during your break or on the weekend will help you recharge your batteries.
- make plans: with your friends, your family, your co-workers, or anyone really. Having something to look forward to in the evening will help you stay motivated throughout the day !
So in a nutshell, we know for a fact that our bodies are not made for functioning the same all year round, and autumn is the perfect time to slow down and take care of yourself.So just take vitamin D to start the day (or a ginger shot if you feel brave enough), enjoy a nice 20 minutes power nap, a quick break outside, a quiet night-in watching your favorite film or TV show, and go to bed as soon as your eyes start closing, MOONA is waiting for you !