Keeping SAD Away

Post written by Maya Pillai.
 

 
Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is the modern name for episodes of depression that occur during the winter months. SAD is found more in women than in men and by people who live in places with long winter nights. Before you next have to cope with a long winter, we’ve put together some ways by which you can keep SAD at bay.
 
 

  • Get yourself a full-spectrum bulb – Full-spectrum light bulbs are powerful bulbs that more closely replicate regular sunlight, than a regular bulb.
     
  • Exercise Regularly – Another way to keep away SAD is to exercise. This is will help the body to release endorphins, the feel good hormones. There are many exercise options available. If standard exercise isn’t your thing – why not try dancing for 15 to 30 minutes twice or thrice a week.
     
  • Consume Vitamin D – If you’re living in area where sunlight is scarce, it is wise to take aVitamin D supplement during winter.
     
  • Spend as much time as possible outdoors – Go for long walks during the daylight hours. Remember sunlight is the natural source of Vitamin D. Walking during the day will help to adjust vitamin D deficiency during winter months.
     
  • Talk Therapy – There are support forums and groups who are more than willing to lend support to those people who suffer from SAD. You can choose to either approach these groups to talk out your problems or consider counseling sessions where you share your problems with a qualified counselor.
     
  • Another method which may work many is to wear yellow tinted glasses. It may not be the world’s first style choice but if it lifts your mood, that won’t matter for long.
     

Though SAD is a challenging mental condition, do not allow it to ruin your entire season. You can keep away the symptoms by taking steps to make positive lifestyle changes and complementing these with light therapy treatments and similar natural treatments.
 
 

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