As the days get shorter we can find all members of the family falling into a mild case of the autumn blues. It’s natural to get more reclusive and turn inward because the days are shorter and the weather is cooler, but let’s face it, sometimes we just feel blue this time of year.

Here’s seven suggestions to stave off the Fall fog:

1 Up your vitamin D intake – Get out and get some sun on your face. Eat foods like free range eggs, fortified milk and fatty fish and when all else fails get a vitamin supplement.

2 Break up your routine – changing up the map in your brain can work wonders. Take a new route to work or school, try a new exercise class, eat lunch at a different place.

3 Keep a gratitude journal so that your mind starts to focus on what is in abundance in your life rather than what is lacking.

4 Move your body. It’s simple but it’s true. It’s a known fact endorphins create happiness. Get your own body’s chemistry working for you.

5 Do something that makes you feel good. You cannot pour from an empty cup. When you fill yourself up you can fill others up. Treat your self. Take a time out. Get a massage, a manicure, see a movie. etc.

6 Do something creative. Get the watercolors out with the kids. Change the color in a room. Creativity is also a known mood booster! Yellow and Green are happy colors, reds and violets are high energy colors.

7 Be of service. When we shift the focus off of ourselves we inevitably feel better in the space of giving. Volunteer at your child’s school. Do a neighborhood clean up. Work at an animal rescue organization.

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