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TWC #031: 7 depressive Herbstfallen, die es zu vermeiden gilt!

7 depressive autumn traps to avoid!

Dear readers

Welcome to the latest issue of our newsletter! With the arrival of autumn, not only do the leaves change, but we humans also feel and sense the shorter days and the colder season. Especially if we already have mood swings due to the menopause, it is important to be aware of this.

Depression traps vary from person to person, but what they have in common is that they can worsen your mood and start a vicious cycle. In this issue, we would like to highlight seven depression traps to avoid in autumn.

Trap #1: Social withdrawal

As the days get shorter and the weather gets worse, it can be tempting to withdraw and be alone. But isolation can lead to loneliness and depression.

Our tip

Write down a list of people you want to connect with and plan an activity with them. The first step can be as simple as a phone call. Socialising is crucial to breaking the spiral of social withdrawal.

Trap #2: Brooding

Constant brooding can pull us into a downward spiral. The spiral goes round and round until you can’t get out of it yourself.

Our tip

Consciously direct your attention to positive activities. Plan regular breaks for things that bring you joy, be it a walk in the autumn countryside or reading an inspiring book. Consciously directing your thoughts can have a big impact on your mood.

Trap #3: Self-medicating with alcohol

Alcohol may provide temporary relief, but it intensifies the depressive mood. Fogging your senses only masks your feelings and does not solve your depressive mood.

Our tip

If you notice that your drinking behaviour is affecting your mood, don’t hesitate to talk to your doctor about it. Together you can develop healthy coping mechanisms. Consciously addressing your own consumption behaviour is an important step on the path to greater well-being.

Trap #4: Neglecting exercise

Exercise has a proven antidepressant effect, even if it seems difficult to take the first step. However, especially when the weather gets worse, it can be harder to stay motivated.

Our tip

Find someone you trust – be it a friend, coach or family member – to support you in initiating exercise. Joint activities can have a motivating effect. Set realistic goals and celebrate any progress. The positive effect of physical activity on mood is undeniable.

Trap #5: Addiction to sugar highs

The craving for sweet treats is understandable, but the short-term mood boost is often accompanied by a sugar crash. It also makes you tired.

Our tip

Try to incorporate healthy snacks (lots of fruit, vegetables and wholemeal products) to keep your energy levels stable. A balanced diet contributes significantly to emotional stability. Conscious food choices can have a significant impact on emotional well-being.

Trap #6: Sleep problems

Autumn can cause sleep problems with changes in daylight hours and longer nights. Lack of sleep can lead to irritability, mood swings and depression.

Our tip

Create in a relaxing sleep environment, avoid screen time before bed and establish a regular bedtime. Restful sleep is crucial for emotional balance.

Trap #7: Lack of treatment

If you feel like you’ve fallen into a depressive trap and you can’t get out on your own, help is in order.

Our tip

Seek professional help early on. Therapy or medication can help you deal with depressive mood swings.

We hope that these tips will help you avoid the pitfalls of depression and have a positive autumn. Our symptom checker can help you with this.

Stay positive and mindful!

If you need personal counselling or support on your journey through the menopause, contact The Women Circle here.

In our next edition, again on Saturday 9am, we will cover more aspects of menopause and women’s health. Stay informed and feel comfortable in this special phase of life.

If you would like to get in touch with us, please get in touch.

We are here for you.

Joëlle & Adrian

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