As the seasons change, the daunting “seasonal depression” rolls around. Mental health is so important to maintain healthy relationships with friends, family, partners and ourselves.

Here are some of the things you can do to look after your mental health and feel better as fall comes around.

Staying warm:

In the spring and summer, it’s easy to keep warm, but as the end of the year comes, keeping your body warm is linked to your mental health. Warmth can impact how well you sleep, hydration and it can make your body feel like it’s closer to another season. Invest in extra layers, blankets, or heaters to remind your body and mind of summer.

Supplements:

As the long summer days come to an end, it’s time to start thinking ahead. Vitamin D is known as the “sunshine” vitamin. Vitamin D is an essential nutrient and the sun is key because sunlight triggers our bodies to produce it. The National Institutes of Health recommends 5 to 30 minutes of sun on our skin between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. at least twice a week. But as the days get shorter and colder, that can be a tough task.

Don’t forget your Vitamin C, it is one of the main supplements people turn to for immune system support, which most people think about during the fall and winter, but it’s a great supplement all year long. Vitamin C acts as an antioxidant, helping to protect your cells from free radicals. It also helps your body absorb iron and supports your immune system. Foods like citrus fruits, kale, broccoli, and brussels sprouts are all rich in vitamin C, which supports healthy skin.

Maintain a routine:

Maintaining a routine throughout all seasons can help your body and mind to cope with the effects of changes. Brighter mornings and darker nights can cause you to feel like you’re lacking your normal routine. Taking steps to maintain your routine can improve your mental health, especially in those chilly months.

Self-care:

During any time of the year, discovering activities that make you happy can improve your mental health and make you feel happier and healthier. Making an effort to include these things in your daily routine can ensure you can find some joy every day.

The things that make you happy might vary from hobbies and sports to talking on the phone to your friends or watching your favorite movie. Music, arts, and other creative activities can also help you to get through a difficult season or period.