Get Sunny and Avoid SAD: Seasonal Affective Disorder

It is 4:00 in the afternoon and the sun is already beginning to set. Yes, it is officially winter and that means shorter days and more hours of darkness as a result. This increase in winter darkness can wreak havoc on our overall sense of wellbeing. This winter-onset depression has a name and it’s Seasonal Affective Disorder, otherwise known as SAD. This is a condition in which those affected feel depressed, lethargic, anxious, hopeless, have difficulty concentrating, and can’t seem to shake an overall feeling of sadness due to the darkness and cold of the winter months.

It is reported by a blog post on that about a half-million Americans suffer from SAD each year and it is believed to be triggered by lack of direct sunlight. If you are feeling sad or depressed this winter there are a number of things that you can do to thwart lethargy and ensure that you’re at the top of your game despite the conditions outside. Rainbow

Expose yourself to a specific amount of light every day. Try a light box that will emit intensely bright lights that mimic natural daylight. Sitting in front of a light box for 30 minutes a day can help keep SAD symptoms at bay.

If a light box isn’t really your thing try merely lightening up your surroundings. Keep curtains and blinds open and sit near light-filled windows as much as possible both at home and at work.

Make sure to spend adequate time outdoors. Even if it’s cold and cloudy outside, breathing in the fresh air can help to improve your mood. Try taking a one-hour walk, especially in the morning.

There is no better way to improve your mood than by indulging in a little self care. Regularly indulge in spa services. Make an appointment at Athena, the premier Windsor spa. They have an array of decadent spa massage packages, facials, and salon treatments that will lift your spirits and improve your outlook on life immediately.

Get plenty of exercise. Exercise is vital when it comes to relieving stress and anxiety, both of which can intensify the symptoms of SAD. Try exercising outdoors or near a light-filled window to get the most out of your exercise.

One of the best ways to thwart SAD is to take a vacation, preferably to a sunny destination. Just make sure to soak in plenty of rays (while wearing your SPF!) and take lots of internal snapshots. Once you return to your regular climate, your SAD symptoms may return; however, if you have plenty of sunny memories to fall back on, you may be able to outshine your anxieties.

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Sarah Wozniak

Staff Writer, Page1 Online Marketing

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