Halloween has come and gone, meaning the clocks have gone back, and your evenings are getting a lot darker, a lot earlier. Everyone’s moods are dampening along with with the weather. Oh how will we ever stay positive this Winter? Tbh I really struggled with it all last Winter. I felt so drained and unproductive – I was constantly praying for Summer to come around quicker. What I didn’t realise was that I was actually suffering from S.A.D.
I want to talk a little bit about S.A.D (seasonal affective disorder) on the blog today as it was something I wasn’t aware about. Without realising it, our moods can suddenly drop due to the lack of daylight Winter provides us with. It is important to take care of yourself and others during the Winter because even the weather can affect our Mental Health.
What is Seasonal Affective Disorder?
In other words it is Seasonal depression. For some this can happen in the Winter and for others this can even happen during the Summertime. Symptoms start to kick in when the days get shorter in Autumn or when the sun sets later in the Spring.
If you are unsure on how you are feeling, then make sure to speak to someone close to you and book an appointment to see your doctor. In the meantime, I wanted to share my secrets on how I stay happy during the Winter with you!
1. Keep Active
Make sure you keep active. This can be done through walking or cycling to work/uni, joining a gym. I know at times it can be hard to get out the door, so you could even do home workouts through apps or a DVD workout. Nobody ever regrets a workout.
2. Read Books
Give your mind a distraction. Pick up a book (one you can’t put down). You can really get lost in a good book. When you focus your mind on something else you can escape your own thoughts. Some books I currently recommend are: Gone Girl (currently reading this), The Wife Between Us and The Couple Next Door.
3. Get outside more!
You need to see the daylight and in Winter when you work full-time, this can be hard to do as you may find yourself leaving to go to work in the dark and coming home in the dark. Try to make sure you see daylight for 15 minutes of your day. Walk to work (if you can) or maybe even go outside for a short walk on your lunch break.
4. Drink lots of Water and eat Healthy!
You may not be getting all the nutrients you need from daylight, so make sure you drink lots of water and have a healthy diet with lots of fresh fruit and veggies. You may want to take more Vitamin B12 or Vitamin D supplements to help with you energy and mood.
Get out the house and catch up with friends. Sometimes being in other people’s energetic company can really uplift your moods. Socialising is also a great way to speak up about how you are feeling to others.
6. Be grateful for the things you may take for granted
Take some time each day in the morning, evening or both to come up of 3 things that you are grateful for and may take for granted without realising. Focusing on what you do have can distract your mind and stop you dwelling on the things you don’t have.
Have you ever experienced S.A.D?
What are your tips?
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Hey there! My name is Cynthia, a 21-year old Accounting and Finance student based in Kent, England. I blog about all things Beauty, Fashion and Lifestyle.