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Seasonal Affective Disorder, otherwise known as S.A.D. is a type of depression that comes and goes in a seasonal pattern. S.A.D. is sometimes known as “winter depression” because the symptoms are usually more evident and worse during the winter. It is extremely common. Some people have severe symptoms, while others experience milder ones, including low energy or loss of interest in activities they normally enjoy. Never be afraid to talk about how you feel and take care of yourself. Not everyone wakes up feeling their best self in the morning. In fact, starting the day on a downer is pretty common, especially when the weather is grey and gloomy.
Symptoms usually lift in the summer but until then follow our natural 5 step guide to getting over being SAD.
Be honest with someone about how you feel. And, now we’re on this point, be honest with yourself about how you feel. Another way to feel better is by jotting down your feelings. It can help you get some of your negative thoughts out of your system.
PUT ON A BRAVE FACE
Do what you can to avoid unnecessary stress. Alternatively, be proactive and pack your schedule tightly come winter so that crawling under the duvet and hiding until spring with a bag of chips in front of Netflix simply isn’t an option. Being on the move and exercising can help alleviate seasonal affective disorder, too.
LIFE COULD BE WORSE
Appreciate what you have each day. Get outside as much as you can and enjoy whatever limited sunlight is possible. Keeping a regular schedule will also expose you to light at consistent and predictable times.
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START AS YOU MEAN TO GO ON
Start your day with happy music, eat a healthy balanced breakfast, exercise and make your home is as bright and airy as possible. Taking vitamin D can also help. A study published in 2014 journal Nutrients found that people who took vitamin D supplements saw significant improvement in their depression. Talk to your doctor about testing your vitamin D levels.
GO SCENT FREE
Aromatherapy can help with feeling low. The essential oils can influence the area of the brain that’s responsible for controlling moods and the body’s internal clock that influences sleep and appetite.
Good luck and just remember that a ray of sunshine is going to come around sooner than you think.
Text by Peigi Mackillop