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How to survive SAD Syndrome

How to survive SAD Syndrome

Winter has begun and with it come the winter blues, or worse, Seasonal Affective Disorder. Seasonal Affective Disorder is a type of depression which only comes in the winter as the nights are drawing in and the days are becoming shorter. SAD syndrome tends to improve and disappear throughout the spring and summer but then it reappears again in the winter. Here are our top tips to help you to survive SAD Syndrome.

Become organised

Making sure your daily tasks and projects are in order results in staying organised and can actually help you relieve the ‘down in the dumps’ hopelessness that comes from not only being depressed but by looking at the pile of work to do. A to-do list helps you to action and build your own productivity style that works for you.

Stay active and exercise

Don’t underestimate the benefits of exercise to help you improve your mood and wellbeing. Getting physical and starting a workout regimen can do a lot of things to make you feel better about yourself, your lifestyle and the time of year.

Brighten up your home

One of the most common things to do is to try and create some natural light. In some places that’s not possible, especially when the long, colder nights set in. Buy yourself a personalised light box, this could help you with light around the house. Whilst this gives off light, it also looks pretty! Or consider changing your light bulbs to daylight energy saving bulbs around the house. These help our eyes respond better to artificial light, reducing eyestrain and tiredness.

Socialise

Make sure you socialise and don’t just become a couch potato! Surround yourself with your friends and loved ones and become as active as possible. Find some friends that will get out in the daylight with you, work out with you and drag you out of the house for a while. Build relationships and friendships with new people to prevent you from spending the winter months alone.

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