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I’ve heard a lot about SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder) recently, and that’s thanks to people’s great posts. I must admit, before this year I didn’t know what it actually was. I remember going through a low period last Autumn but couldn’t put a place on it, and when I look at the symptoms, it seems very similar to what those who suffer with SAD have to deal with.

Now that I’ve worked out what was affecting me, I’m putting a little action plan in place so I have a happier Autumn this year.


Get in as much daylight as possible.

This is something I’m making a huge priority of mine as the dark nights roll in. The lack of sunlight really affects my mood and can make me feel very low, so as soon as I wake up I’m opening the blinds and getting out at lunch times for a quick stroll. There’s just something about the fresh air hitting your face, and making you feel free. Even when I’m tired and just want to watch Gilmore Girls on the sofa at 5pm, I’m forcing myself to go for one last little walk because I know I will get the benefit from it.

Try light therapy. 

This is something I’m yet to try but I know my stepdad has one which I’m going to ask to borrow. Apparently they work very well at mimicking real sunlight and provide the same benefits. I’m excited to give it a go and see if there’s a difference, I’ll let you know how I get on.

Looking forward to the little things. 

This isn’t just something I do for Autumn but most days. I’m planning on ramping this up this year and treating myself to little bits here and there. Whether that’s getting a new magazine to read on cosy nights in, or stacking up on a few sweet snacks, I’m not letting myself to feel guilty for it if it’s helping to make me smile. I find I always have a much more positive outset when I’m giving myself something little to look forward to each day.

Getting creative. 

I’ve really been enjoying posting new pictures on my Instagram recently, so I definitely want to keep that up and try new ways to capture images. I’m planning on making myself a new manifestation board as that’s something I find really works for me and I haven’t done one in years, my old one definitely needs sprucing up a little. I’m going to also order some new reads and get stuck into some self-development books. I think Autumn is the perfect time to invest a little more in your mental health.


Do you suffer from SAD? How do you keep happy during these months?

  • I actually love Autumn, I get to just chill at home and have time for myself.

    Candice | Beauty Candy Loves

    • NatalieLeanne

      I definitely love some parts of it! xx

  • I’ve been feeling a lot happier after a bit of a dip in September, but I do think a lot of these tricks work. Getting out of the house and into some fresh air certainly helps me x

    • NatalieLeanne

      It definitely helps me too, getting outside can sometimes feel a struggle but I always feel better after! xx

  • I’m trying light therapy, I’ve got a few lights & alarm clocks that are beginning to work!

    Chloe | Mojichlo

    • NatalieLeanne

      Ooh thats good to know, thank you! xx

  • Definitely with you on getting out a lunch time! I really feel like it seriously improves my mood for the day. Otherwise I get into the office when it’s still gloomy and already leave when it’s getting dark! xx

    Frances Kayleigh | Fashion Beauty Travel

    • NatalieLeanne

      The lack of daylight is super hard isn’t it! I’m all about the little lunch time walks xxx

  • I definitely find that a lack of sunlight has a massive impact on my mood – when it’s gloomy all day and dark both when I leave and get home, I really start to feel low and my productivity is affected too. I nearly always leave the office at lunchtime anyway, but usually I end up going around a shopping centre or something – over the winter months I’m going to try to switch that for more walks in some of the local parks or just around the streets at lunchtime. Hopefully it will also save me some money haha xxx

    Sophie | Sophar So Good

    • NatalieLeanne

      That sounds like a great idea, you could always do one then the other the day after 😉 xxx

  • This is such a great post, Natalie! My mental health always dips this time of the year. Getting daylight and fresh air is so important. It can really help you in so many ways. Autumn is definitely the perfect time to purchase some new books too x

    Lauren | itslaurenvictoria.blogspot.co.uk

    • NatalieLeanne

      Thank you so much lovely Lauren! I have such a massive Amazon list! x

  • I have to admit I am very affected by the weather and when it is dark and rainy my mood is just horrible. But light therapy is a must to have and I have been using it for a while, certainly does the trick! xx


    • NatalieLeanne

      Ooh do you have the alarm one or just a lamp? xx

  • Love the idea of taking in as much daylight as possible, so helpful!

    Anika | anikamay.co.uk

  • Georgina Grace

    As much as I love Autumn, I always find my anxiety gets a lot worse, along with mood changes during the darker months. And as I’m in Cyprus at the moment, a part of me really doesn’t want to leave the beautiful sun and blue skies and having to adjust to British weather again 😄 I think getting out, even for a little while really helps x


    • Just having a couple of moments outside everyday is so beneficial! xx

  • Diana Maria

    I love Autumn and Winter, but yes I find that I feel a bit down when it’s colder and there’s less light. I think you’re right about getting as much daylight as you can, and being creative. Having things to look forward helps me too, like my blog and photography. Thanks for the uplifting post, Natalie! xx

    Sending light & love your way,

    My Lovelier Days