Though the official end to summer is September 23, 2023, we’ve already said goodbye to Labor Day and hello to a new school year, a new football season, and a not-so-new craving for pumpkin spice.
Here are some healthy habits you can adopt to help you with these upcoming seasonal changes:
Supplement your Vitamin D intake.
Regardless of where you fall geographically on the world map, it’s safe to say that we see less sun as summer slips away. Whether you’re now stuck inside a classroom or spending fewer days at the beach, you’re less likely to be getting as much sunlight as you once were. As a result, your stores of Vitamin D (a.k.a. the “sunshine vitamin) can dwindle— increasing your risk for fatigue, infection, and skeletal issues.1
Counteract this with a supplement (which happens to be our strong suit). To replenish your Vitamin D, take a Vitamin D3— or for additional support— a D3 + K2 supplement once daily or as recommended by a qualified healthcare professional.
Not sure if you’re getting enough Vitamin D? Learn some signs of Vitamin D deficiency here.
2. Increase light exposure.
While supplements may help with vitamin deficiencies, shorter and darker days can still negatively impact your mental health. If your environment allows, find ways to spend even just 30 minutes outdoors daily. You may also consider relocating your workspace to a sunnier spot as the sun’s axis tilts while nearing the Winter Solstice. That perfect sun spot in your office may strike at a different angle or location based on the time of year.
If all else fails, you can try a light therapy lamp designed to mimic sunlight and help boost your serotonin levels.
3. Build up your immune system.
4. Set realistic goals.
Every season has its share of holidays, but the end of the year, in particular, can cause celebration and stress. Halloween, Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, Christmas, and New Year (to name a few) mean candy, feasts, family, traveling, and parties.
No need to panic! Start setting realistic goals and expectations for how you want the next few months to look. Perhaps you’ll limit yourself to one chocolate a day during October or commit to a half-hour walk a day, even when traveling.
Be willing to indulge in this season’s treats, knowing that come springtime, you’ll find another fresh start. Embrace the change and the unique opportunities every season has to offer. After all, pumpkin spice lattes only come around once a year.
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