Fall in Sweden, Kista, Stockholm

Fall in Sweden – Changing Colours and Darkness

It’s that time of the year from which there is no escape – fall in Sweden! This is a season that leaves me with such mixed feelings. On the one hand, it’s incredibly beautiful with all the changing colors and the crisp air, but on the other, it’s just so dark. Yesterday we woke up to a really dark morning. Fortunately for us, it turned out not to be only our imagination – all of Stockholm was darker than normal. Saharan winds and fires on the Iberian peninsula had caused the greyness.

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Fall in Sweden: Beautiful Colors and a Time of Anticipation

Now is a time of anticipation. We are waiting for a lot of things. When will we see the first snowfall? The countdown to Christmas is slowly beginning. Believe it or not, there are lots of Christmas decorations and treats in the stores already! There are all kinds of parties and events to look forward to. But not just yet. I think that’s why October sometimes feels a bit boring – it’s the calm before the (social) storm. It is a time to sit down, relax, and pamper oneself!

Another beautiful aspect of fall is the changing colors. The world is really beautiful right now! The Finnish language actually has a word for this: ruska. Höstskrud is a poetic Swedish word for it, meaning fall attire. It’s a true pleasure to go out for a walk when the air is fresh and nature is at its best.

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Fall in Sweden: the Other Side of the Coin

As almost anyone who lives this north can witness, there is another side of the coin. And that’s the darkness. As I write this the whole a sole street light is casting its light on the street outside my window. Apart from that, it’s pitch dark. We soon reach the moment, when people who work normal office hours won’t see the sun at all during their way to work and back. I noticed it myself, the tired feeling that is invading my body. I feel like eating a lot of carbs, and I need to push myself a bit extra to get things done.

Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is a mood disorder subset that emerges during particular seasons of the year. It seems fairly common up here in Sweden, at least many people talk about it. Of course, people suffering from depression need to get appropriate help. However, there are some lifestyle changes that can relieve the symptoms.

  • be outside more often
  • get plenty of sunlight (if you see the sun -> go out!)
  • exercise
  • avoid drugs and alcohol,
  • get plenty of sleep,
  • practice relaxation exercises

Personally, I’m trying to pay attention (more than usual) to these things. After all, I want to be able to enjoy fall in Sweden. And guess what? I just realized that we never took down our Christmas lights on the balcony, so now they are lightening up our street together with the lone street lamp.

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This Post Has 4 Comments

  1. I can only agree, this time of the year is so pretty. The sunshine reflecting in all the orange leaves is simply amazing. And since I run my own business now one goal for the winter and darker times is definitely to go out in the middle of the day and catch the little bit of light that we get 🙂

    1. Jesper

      You really learn how to enjoy the few hours of sunshine when living in the north. 🙂

  2. loulouloves

    Loved the pics and the tips about handling the darkness. Stockholm has been so beautiful this autumn, just stunning. You are right, I will try to get out more if I see the sun. And yes, I may just love the season because it preempts Christmas!

  3. BecciAbroad

    I couldn’t agree more with you! Fall in Scandinavia leaves me with the exactly same feeling; beautiful colors but… daark! But your tips are great! For me, the doing exercise really helps. And then luckily, the beginning of the fall means my birthday, so there is something pleasant apart from the colors 😉
    Thanks for sharing!

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