4 Things You Can Do When You’re Feeling S.A.D – Seasonal Affective Disorder

If lately you’ve been feeling different and you’re not sure why, you’re not alone. In winter, with the shorter and darker days, many people feel more tired, down or blue. Often they don’t have the same energy or interest in things. This is very common and is often referred to as Seasonal Affective Disorder, or S.A.D.

It’s the thing I dread the most about winter. Once the time change occurs and it starts getting darker earlier and earlier, I notice a change in myself. I don’t like it, but it happens and I’m just not myself.

But, winter is not going away and we still have to get through it. Over the years, I’ve come up with strategies that have worked for me and for others that I’ve talked to so I thought I would share them.

What you can do when you're feeling S.A.D - Seasonal Affective Disorder

(Keep in mind, I am not a doctor or expert, but just someone who has experienced it and wanted to share my ideas. )

4 Things You Can Do When You’re Feeling Seasonal Affective Disorder

1. Exercise
This has become the number one thing for me. Not only during the darker winter months but all year round. I have found that exercising really helps. Working out has proven to give you more energy, lift your mood and get your endorphins and adrenaline going. And it can really help when you’re feeling a bit down. If you experience S.A.D, trying incorporating exercise into your day whether it’s a 20 minute walk, a you-tube exercise video or step class at the gym because it can really help!

2. Light
Since the days are shorter, take advantage of the light when you can. If it’s sunny sit outside or go for a walk and bask in the glow. If there isn’t much light or you’re inside when there is, check out the special lamps that are sold that can give you some extra light and energy during those winter months.

3. Music
Music can be so uplifting and energizing! When you’re feeling down you can crank up your favourite songs and have a little dance party and you really will feel happier. If loud music isn’t an option, slip on the head phones and they play your favourite tunes while you’re getting some chores done. You’ll notice that the day will feel better.

4. Vitamin D
Darker days and less sun also means your body is getting less vitamin D. Taking a supplement or eating more foods that are rich in vitamin D can help lift your mood and your energy during the darker winter days.

These are just a few things you can do to help your self when you’re feeling down, without energy and a little depressed during the winter months.

If you are not sure whether you might have Seasonal Affective Disorder or not, here is an article that lists the symptoms.

Always consult a medical professional and if you are unsure of what you are feeling or of your symptoms. Depression affects many people and sometimes needs to be treated by a doctor. 

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