Autumn blues hit the UK and nearly half of Brits admit to needing an energy boost in October
As the research suggests we all need an extra recharge in the autumn. Not only do we need to recharge our own mind, body and soul, but it’s also important to ensure we keep the heart of our homes, the boiler, in good service too.
For some, October is traditionally a pretty miserable month and can feel quite flat at times. But rather than resigning yourself to months of feeling drained and miserable, why not look at the ways you can turn the change of season to benefit you now, and for the rest of the year?
- Today marks the most fatigued week in the UK, with nearly a quarter of Brits feeling more drained than 2017 and in need of a recharge
- Melanie Sykes launches E.ON’s ‘Recharge Retreat’ and shares tips on re-energising the mind, body and soul
The depths of winter might seem far away but new research by E.ON has revealed that the Autumn blues have hit as 42%1 of Brits admit to having lower energy levels and need a recharge.
All the statistics add up to this week being the most fatiguing over the year which is no surprise as the research discovered around a quarter (23%) of us are feeling more drained this year compared to last – because we’ve not had time to recharge our mind, body or soul. Almost a third of those surveyed (28%) found October one of the most draining months, with the main reason for this being family stress (42%) or work stress and demands (28%).
Brits are more likely to search online for ‘relaxation’ in October than at any other time of the year, research from Google2 has revealed, and nearly a third of those surveyed (29%) say the wet and windy autumnal weather is one of the main reasons for their seasonal drop in energy levels.
Eating unhealthily (21%) and not exercising (16%) also makes people feel drained, which is why E.ON has partnered with broadcaster Melanie Sykes, known for her passion for health and wellbeing, to create its Recharge Retreat on London’s South Bank, helping people to beat the autumn blues, recharge their batteries – both physically and in our electrical devices – and offer a retreat from the stresses of modern life.
Melanie Sykes says: “For some, October is traditionally a pretty miserable month and can feel quite flat at times. The weather’s getting wetter, days are getting darker and there are no bank holidays to look forward to until Christmas; which is three months away! But rather than resigning yourself to months of feeling drained and miserable, why not look at the ways you can turn the change of season to benefit you now, and for the rest of the year?”
Belinda Moore, Marketing & Communications Director at E.ON UK, adds: “As the research suggests we all need an extra recharge in the autumn. Not only do we need to recharge our own mind, body and soul, but it’s also important to ensure we keep the heart of our homes, the boiler, in good service too. While energy is essential to our lives we wanted to showcase the amazing things people can do with energy which is why we’re bringing the Recharge Retreat to London with Melanie. Her can-do attitude, coupled with our innovative energy solutions, should help recharge people’s batteries this autumn making their lives that bit easier.”
Melanie Sykes’ top tips to recharge your batteries
- Get creative in the kitchen: After a busy day, it might seem much easier to order a takeaway rather than cook something fresh for dinner. However, spending time in the kitchen creating and preparing food – whether that’s a bowl of a pasta for one or a family meal – can be a great way to relieve stress and wind down for the evening. The best part of this is you can use all-natural ingredients to ensure you get the healthy kick you need this autumn.
- The literary prize: Reading is the perfect chance to escape those autumn blues and transport yourself into another world. It doesn’t matter where I am; in the house or on the commute, a good book gives me the chance to take time out of the day to relax!
- Bring warmth to your relaxation: Surprisingly, only 3% of Brits said a spa was their favourite place to relax, with the number one spot being at home. Make sure your home is cosy by using a smart thermostat, like tado° from E.ON, to ensure its nice and toasty for when you arrive home.
- Turn feeling down into a downward dog: With two in five Brits (42%) admitting to having low energy levels this time of year, one solution to recharge your batteries is to start practising yoga. Yoga is not only great for your body, but also your mind, as it provides the perfect opportunity to meditate while you pose, leaving me feeling refreshed after every session.
- The final piece of the puzzle: Relaxation can come from simply distracting yourself. Personally, I find solving a jigsaw puzzle with my family the perfect way to recharge my batteries and feel a fun sense of achievement once we’ve finished a puzzle. In the wet and windy autumnal weather why not challenge your friends to complete a jigsaw with you?
To provide some help with an energy boost this October, Melanie is working with E.ON to launch the Recharge Retreat from Wednesday 17th to Friday 19th October at London’s South Bank. Visitors can take a little time out of their busy days for meditation led by Roxie Nafousi, a quick workout from fitness guru Roger Frampton or a soulful cooking lesson with Jasmine Hemsley while enjoying a revitalising juice or smoothie from the Detox Kitchen, all while overlooking the Thames.
People can also visit E.ON to find out more about E.ON’s smart home solutions including solar and battery storage which will provide all the power for the ‘mind’ hub, and the amazing things we can do with energy.
Notes to Editors:
. Research by Opinium on behalf of E.ON in September 2018 with 2,006 people in the UK aged 18 and over.
2. Google Trends data shows 15-21 October 2017 was when people in the UK were most likely to search the term ‘relaxation’ in the calendar year.
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