We can all be forgiven for feeling a little bit lacklustre at this time of year. You might call it Winter blues, but in reality it could be something a little more specific. If you’re experiencing a lack of energy, changing sleep patterns, or a particularly low mood that’s affecting your day to day life, you may have something common called seasonal affective disorder (SAD). We’ve put together our top tips for dealing with Seasonal Affected Disorder. Read on to find out more.
What is SAD?
The lack of daylight in Winter can affect us in many ways. Seasonal affective disorder (SAD) is a type of mild depression that’s related to changes in the seasons. It usually starts during adulthood and is manageable and treatable over time. Reduced daylight might delay our body clocks, which in turn can affect how well we sleep, our body temperatures, hormone levels and overall mood.
Symptoms of SAD may include (but are certainly not limited to) things like:
- Decreased ability to focus or concentrate
- Increased daytime drowsiness
- Trouble thinking clearly
- Fatigue and low energy levels
Some top tips for dealing with SAD symptoms:
Get out and about
While there may not be much sun this time of year, getting in as much daylight as possible can dramatically improve our mood first and foremost. Exposure to sunlight by spending time outside or near a window can help to relieve symptoms. If the weather allows, make sure you’re wrapping up and going for walks each and every day.
Try Light Therapy
This involves using bright artificial light from a specially made device which gives off much brighter light than a normal light bulb. Doctors recommend using light therapy at an intensity of 10,000 lux for 30 minutes every day.
Take it day by day
Rather than expecting to ‘snap out of’ how you’re feeling, remember to take things easy, and know that you won’t feel this way forever. If you are experiencing Seasonal Affective Disorder symptoms, there are things we can all do to help ourselves feel a little better day-by-day. While it’s not a fix all, eating right and getting lots of quality sleep each night can help keep you feeling your best, and it’s the best practice for setting us up for a good day. For inspiration and advice oread about how to sleep better as we get older, here.
Remember: if you think you may be depressed or are experiencing low mood, speak to your GP or a medical professional as soon as possible. Depending on your condition or personal situation, there are lots of things your GP can potentially offer to help combat the symptoms of Seasonal Affective Disorder; from talking therapy, to prescribed medication.
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