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The end of summer blues are common when the weather starts to change. As summer winds down many people may experience a sense of sadness and gloom. It will be getting cold and dark soon and we won’t be able to enjoy all of the outdoor activities and sunlight that we love so much about summer. Saying good bye to summer doesn’t need to be depressing. Here are a few ways to end summer on a positive note and help set yourself up for a great fall.

7 Tips for Dealing with the End of Summer Blues

Vitamin D

My doctor once told me that they don’t bother doing vitamin D test as it is assumed that the vast majority of Canadians get enough vitamin D. Get yourself a vitamin D supplement or try using a sun lamp. Studies show that vitamin D deficiency is correlated with the end of summer blues and taking vitamin D can improve symptoms of depression.

Plan a vacation

Plan a winter get-away to look forward to. Few things are as satisfying and bring a sense of gratitude and appreciation as leaving our parkas, hats, mitts and gloves and -25 degree weather to strip down to bathing suits, shorts, summer dresses and +25 degree weather.

Re-evaluate your goals

Season changes are a great time to do a check in and reflect on your goals. What would you really love to make happen this fall and winter? Would you like to have more work-life balance, get better grades, a promotion? What matters most to you? Check out our tips on advanced goal-setting to learn more.

Get excited about it

There are a lot of great things about winter: hot chocolate, hot baths, sweaters, cozy blankets, the warmth of cuddles, not worrying about your weight, not shaving your legs, movies and TV marathons, at-home get-togethers, comfy boots, warm cups of tea, candles, fires, sleep more, your most stylish coats, slowing down, do less, rest more and read more.

Turn your home into a sanctuary

Clean out clutter, organize, beautify and make your place into a place that you love to be at. Re-arrange what you have, buy some new things and make it the most comfy, cozy and peaceful space it can be. A place to rest, relax and recharge. Paint an accent wall. Try some aromatherapy.

Indulge in self-care

The fall and the winter are made for self care. Indulge! Spoil yourself and enjoy it. You deserve to take care of yourself. See our self-care list for ideas. One area of self care often neglected is self-improvement. Take an online course, download a book or write that LinkedIn article. If you happen to suffer from anxiety or depression, self-care is even more important during seasonal changes.

Get help and see a professional who actually cares about helping others

If the end of summer blues are too much for you or you struggle to feel better. Don’t hesitate to reach out and get help and a fresh perspective. We offer Skype, phone and face to face sessions.

What are your favorite things about fall and winter? Let us know in the comments.

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