Seasonal Affective Disorder is a common yet completely treatable condition to contract during the colder, winter months of the year.
For every season, it’s clear that weather can affect our mood, making us feel light, joyful and relaxed in the summer, and causing us to curl up in bed during winter.
Seasonal Affective Disorder, or (SAD) as it is commonly referred to, has a variety of symptoms, from the inability to concentrate correctly, through to increased weight loss or gain, fatigue and moodiness.
It’s a genuine depressive state and seems to be more prevalent in countries with long, prolonged winters.
Tapping into our circadian cycles, SAD can be caused by a lack of light- it’s directly linked to our hormonal changes and is a completely normal thing to experience when it drops cold.
Here are some tips and tricks on how to tackle it!
Get plenty of fresh air
Spending time outdoors can be a great way to treat Seasonal Affective Disorder. By ensuring that you make it outside within two hours of waking up, you can really work towards fighting feeling low in the afternoon, as the days drop dark quickly in the colder months.
Regular exercise has been proven to effectively fight and alleviate the symptoms of seasonal depression. Although it can be terribly tricky to get outside during the winter months, heading out for a ten-minute run can massively improve your symptoms, mixed in with fresh air, you’ll be feeling better in no time.
Chat about it
It’s important to recognise that with Seasonal Affective Disorder, talking about it can be a great way to fight the issue. Research has shown that chatting about your feelings, in combination with fresh air, can massively alleviate SAD symptoms. Try heading out for a winter walk with a good friend to have a long chat!
Get a good night’s sleep
Like with any mental health topic, a great night’s sleep massively boosts your mood and can alleviate symptoms of SAD, as you’re more likely to get up early and head outside on winter mornings after a good nights’ sleep.
Eat fresh, healthy food
Eating a fresh, healthy and balanced diet can be a great way to fight Seasonal Affective Disorder. Bananas are packed full of potassium which can be perfect for energy levels, whilst lots of fresh fruit can provide a great boost of vitamin C which can keep coughs and sniffles at bay during the colder months.
Remember, although cold winter can cause us to feel low, it’s important to not simply sit there wishing for spring to come. Work on fighting your symptoms now so that you can enjoy the winter months with family and friends.