Wednesday, 9 January 2019

4 ways to help Seasonal Affective Disorder

Hey readers,

The days are so gloomy and dark that they can really influence your mood and impact your day. During the winter months, a lot of people experience a seasonal condition called Seasonal Affective Disorder.




What is a Seasonal Affective Disorder?

It is a condition that happens during the dark, cold short days and the long nights during Winter. When you experience not a lot of light it can really suck all your energy out of you. Suffers have also expressed feels of lethargic, low libido and restless sleep.


There is a theory to support Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) when the light goes into the eyes it can react to the hormones in your body which affects your mood. Hence why people feel much more cheerful when the sun comes out to play.
Another theory is that suffers from SAD when experiencing lack of daylight and shorter days will produce higher levels of melatonin which makes them feel lethargic
One in 15 people in the UK is known to suffer from SAD.

Of course, if you are feeling depressed then the first port of call would be to go and speak to your GP to get the right professional support needed to tackling SAD.

Tips to help SAD.

1. SAD lamps.

You probably have seen Sad lamps that specialise in producing a lamp that mimics daylight. 

Apparently having the light that feels like outdoor light has been able to help suffers from SAD feel better.

These light boxes are aimed to help with light therapy were the individual sitting in front of the light for 30 minutes say will help them feel better in their body and mind with having exposure to light during the winter months.

There is a variety of light boxes now on the market and there are even ones that can work with your alarm clock that gradually build light into the room making it much more manageable to get up in the dark winter mornings.

2. Diet.

Food is energy and it is important to have the right food for keeping your energy levels high. Reduce the amount of sugar in your diet and opt for fish, fruit and vegetables.

3. Vitamin supplements.

People who suffer from SAD have reported that taking vitamin B12 and vitamin D has also helped with their mood.

4. Outdoors.

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Sometimes going outdoors even though it is cold can do wonders for your mood.
It is a great way of getting some exercise in and blowing the cobwebs off.
Wrap up warm and see the beauty that nature has to offer. 

Incorporating 30 minutes exercise a day can help produce the feel-good chemicals such as serotonin so it will enhance your mood. Going outdoors will also allow you to get the natural outdoor light as well as an added benefit for exercising outdoors.

What things help you beat the winter blues?

Cheers for reading X

20 comments:

  1. For me, the biggest thing that helps with this time of year is going for a walk in the countryside. #ThatFridayLinky

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  2. This is so real. I now take supplements and found they really helped last year. Good food is so advisable but I eat pretty terribly during dec-jan !! I need to work on that! xx Maria

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  3. At least you have a goal and know where to go X

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  4. I think going outdoors is the absolute best thing you could do!

    #pocolo

    https://lizziedrippingblog.blogspot.com/

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  5. I am a big sufferer from the Winter blues - I find it very difficult each year to get through this season. It just feels so long!! I really don't like the dark evenings and am majorly looking forward to the Spring. To try and combat it I make sure to get out every morning if I can to catch the daylight. I find that a big help. Without it I don't know what I would do...thank you for the tips, it is a really great topic to highlight #ablogginggoodtime

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  6. I have heard that SAD lamps are pretty effective. I do find that getting outdoors helps, even on the cold and grey days. #abloggingoodtime

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    1. Yes me too, I like the way can light a room up when you wake up X

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  7. Good tips here. I'm a pretty big believer in trying to get outside as much as possible during the winter as well. Staying busy and staying connected to the outdoors help me keep a more positive attitude #blogginggoodtime

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  8. Good tips. Thanks for joining in with #ThatFridayLinky

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  9. These are good tips. I hate winter, it's grey and miserable and cold! I do find though that getting out and about when the sun does shine helps, as long as you wrap up warm! #ablogginggoodtime

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  10. Ugh I'm so much of a summer girl and in the past have really struggled with this time of year. I've been a lot more determined this time to embrace it though and now I'm self-employed I make sure to go for a walk outside every day no matter how cold or wet it gets, definitely helps X #PoCoLo

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  11. I would love one of those lamps. In the meantime I do the other tips and keep on track most of the time. #StayClassyMama

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  12. Great tips. I love getting outdoors during the winter, even when it's cold, because it's the only way to get a bit of sunshine. :) Thanks for linking with #pocolo

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  13. I think exercise and fresh air really do help. Even if you feel like just hiding under a duvet #ablogginggoodtime

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  14. I think the cold puts me off being outside for long but I did always feel better going for a walk and getting fresh air. Thanks for linking up with #stayclassymama

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