How the Changing of the Seasons May Mean Changes for You

the changing of the seasonsWhile some of us may be happy to say, “Goodbye summer, hello fall!” that’s not the case for everyone. If you’re one who prefers the cooler days and changing of the leaves, this is your season. For some, though, it marks the beginning of a less happy time of year.

Many people associate Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) with winter months, but it actually starts in the fall, according to Good Therapy. If this is a disorder that affects you or someone you know, here’s a few signs that might signal to you that it’s starting to kick in:

  • Moodiness
  • Difficulty Sleeping
  • Feeling Hopeless

If this sounds like you or someone you know, it’s best to get ahead on addressing these symptoms now. One of the best things you can do for yourself (or your loved one) is to get out and about. To help make it easier for you, we’ve rounded up a few events going on the community to help perk you up before you get too, well, sad.

Shake Up Your Routine!

Broncos En Espanol

The Mexican Cultural Center invites you to join them at Sports Authority Field at Mile High for a free Broncos event on Friday, September 23rd from 5:30 – 8:30 p.m. There will be games for the whole family and a chance to meet some Broncos players. You can pick up your tickets at the Mexican Cultural Center. They’re first come, first serve. Better get there quick to secure your spot!

Plant & Bulb Sale

Stop by the Denver Botanic Gardens Friday, September 23rd or Saturday the 24th and get a jump start on your spring garden at their Fall Plant & Bulb Sale. Their horticulture staff will be there to help guide you and answer any questions you may have. If you’re a member you’ll receive 10% off your purchases.

Drop In Volleyball

Presented by Volleyball Latino Drop In Volleyball takes place every Sunday from 6 – 9 p.m. at Dive Volleyball. It’s just $5 to play. It’s a great way to get some exercise while meeting new people!

Attend a Fall 9Health Fair

Maybe after the Kidney Walk? Or before you go to Drop In Volleyball? Either way, grab your friends, family, neighbors, classmates… well everyone, and check out one of numerous 9Health Fair locations. Don’t underestimate the importance of knowing your numbers (such as cholesterol, blood pressure, etc). You might think you’re perfectly healthy, but isn’t it better to know for sure? Many of our locations will have fun activities on hand such as cooking demonstrations and yoga.

And of course…. Octoberfest

One cannot mention events this time of year and leave out Octoberfest. The event takes place two consecutive weekends: September 23-25 and September 30-October 2. It’s free to get in, but of course, you’ll have to decide how much to spend on food and beverage. If you want to keep it low-cost, just check out some of the fun events they’ll have such as the Long Dog Derby.

Remember, getting out and about with friends and family is a good way to keep your spirits up! Definitely hit up a 9Health Fair if you think you are struggling with Season Affective Disorder. There, you will find experts on hand to talk with you about things you can do to help yourself.