Are you noticing the dropping temperatures and darker days?
When these changes arrive, many people experience a dip in their mental health and overall mood. It’s important to nurture your mental health throughout the darker seasons, particularly when dealing with Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD).
To understand SAD a bit better, the NHS defines it as “a type of depression that comes and goes in a seasonal pattern.”
If you resonate with these symptoms, and are seeking some advice, here are 5 great tips for dealing with the darker days, or SAD.
Embrace Natural Light
Try to make the most out of the available daylight, and spend time outdoors, whilst you can. Try taking a walk, drinking your coffee in the fresh air, or simply sitting in the park, enjoying your surroundings.
Establish a Routine
Creating a daily routine that includes exercise, work, relaxation and socialisation can create consistency, particularly within this time of year. Incorporating fun activities into your routine is crucial at this time of year.
Pay attention to your diet. Rounded nutrition can benefit your mental and physical health in the long run. Eating wholesome meals can prevent sugar and energy crashes that often contribute to low moods.
Make sure to include exercise in your weekly routine. Exercise helps to release the important endorphins that will keep your mood boosted, whilst aiding sleep quality, and keeping you focussed.
Take up a New Hobby
The colder months are an excellent opportunity to pick up a new hobby or skill. Learning something new will enhance feelings of pride, and self-sufficiency, within the colder months.
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