Soothe your Seasonal Affective Disorder
Rebecca Daffeh, Holistic Coach at Wondersource
Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is a mental health condition which causes people to experience low mood and depression often starting in the autumn and lasting until Spring. SAD is sometimes referred to as “Winter Depression” or “Seasonal Depression” that begins as the darker evenings start and the temperature begins to drop and can become significantly worse when the clocks go back an hour. It is reported to affect 2 million people in the U.K. and it can affect people of all ages, with more women being affected than men.
How does SAD feel?
There are various symptoms of SAD and it tends to start with feeling low, less inclined to socialise and go out and generally feeling inclined to take part in your normal day to day activities.
- Low mood that is persistent
- Lack of interest in your normal day to day activities
- Lack of interest in socialising
- Feelings of sadness, guilt, stress and/or anxiety
- Low self worth and self-esteem
- The desire to eat less or more
- Low energy levels
A question I have often been asked is: “Can Seasonal Depression be cured?” The answer is…it is all about wellbeing management. We all know that the seasons will change and with that knowledge we can start to put things in place before the clocks go back.
I personally suffer with SAD and have done for as long as I can remember so I have tried and tested many things. The cold can trigger other health conditions which can then affect my emotional health so here are some tips of things that I do to help soothe the SAD.
Please note that whilst making adjustments to your lifestyle can sometimes be all that is needed to support your wellbeing and sometimes it is important to seek professional help. Please reach out if needed.
Top Tips To Help You Manage SAD
- Avoid too much sugar – try to manage emotional eating through winter because sugar will aggravated the symptoms.
- Eat plenty of fresh fruits, veg and good fats – this will stabilise your blood sugars
- Take Vitamin D – to boost your mood and energy
- Drink plenty of water – hydration is so important for your overall well being
- Try valerian tea – getting a good night’s sleep will help your energy and mood
- Exercise – if you struggle to get motivated join a class and have some accountability, be part of a community and release those endorphins
- Get outside – get into the natural daylight every day if possible
- Nurture yourself – take hot baths with salts and oils
- Connect with others – connection is so important to avoid feelings of isolation
These are just a few things that work for me and I hope that they can help you.
AND to help you even further on Wednesday 12th October at 7pm BST / 2pm EST we are inviting you to join our workshop to help you manage SAD.
✨ Discuss some practical tips and guidance on what you can do to feel energised and motivated
✨ Guide you through a powerful Hypno-Breath process to a tap into your subconscious mind to support you and increase your vitality
✨ Access your pineal gland to regulate your melatonin level to help manage SAD
If you are ready to sooth your SAD, secure your space now here. Stay warm and keep moving!
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