Yes the darker evenings are really beginning to sap the spirit now, nomally it's football, fireworks, socialising, swimming, travel and heavy drinking that get me through the dark months, not so this year. Just heard that to liven things up people are putting up all their xmas decos already, how depressing is that?
I love Autumn. My favourite season. Not affected by the seasonal changes. They all have something different and special about them. Exercise and planning are good ways to help. Planning, from simple excursions to full blown holidays. Something to look forward to always cheers you up and keeps you going.
My wife suffers from depression and ME, and doesn’t like this time of year. Doctor advised her to buy a daylight lamp to put on in any room she is spending time in when it is dark outside. She says it helps but I find it too bright and distracting. It works for her though.
As a boy in my 40s I’ve started noticing this more and more. Never affected me at all in me youth. But does now, worsened slightly this year by WFH and barely leaving a one square mile from my house on a school night.