According to mental health charity Mind, getting outside in the winter can help to guard us against developing a case of the winter blues and could help to improve our mental health.
For many individuals, turning back the clocks marks a huge change in mood and enthusiasm. Though the excitement and build up to Christmas is a welcome period for some, for others the reduction in sunlight and daylight hours simply means disturbed sleep, appetite, sex drive, mood, temperature and activity levels.
These changes in behaviour can lead to the onset of a condition known as Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), a recognised medical condition which affects an estimated 7 per cent of the population every winter.
Many individuals experience increased appetite, extreme tiredness and fatigue and in worse case scenarios can become depressed and withdrawn.
In order to combat these effects, leading mental health charity Mind have recommended that individuals brave the autumn and winter elements and go outside to get their daily dose of sunlight.
Mind chief executive Paul Farmer has said that exercise can really help to improve both physical fitness and self confidence and the simple act of getting outdoors can really go a long way in strengthening mental resilience.
In a bid to coax individuals out of their homes this autumn, Mind have launched an information guide which is full of simple ideas showing how outdoor activity can be incorporated into everyday lives.
Ideas range from horticultural and agricultural projects through to joining a local walking group.
To find out more visit the Mind website for full details.
If you believe you may suffer from Seasonal Affective Disorder, please visit our fact-sheet to find out how counselling may be able to help you.