JAN. 19, 2017:
Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) affects 5% of us, and possibly many more. If you tend to feel unmotivated and depressed during the winter months, you could be suffering from it. Here are five ways to fight off the effects of SAD.
Exercise is one of the most effective ways to combat depression, because it releases endorphins to the brain. While exercising in the cold winter months can be unappealing, yoga or barre classes keep you toasty, and the group fitness mentality keeps you accountable.
It is important to get as much natural light as possible when fighting seasonal depression. Unfortunately, short days mean you often finish work when it’s already dark. Switch up your schedule and go for a lunchtime walk around the block, either at home or at your office. You will be able to soak up some much-needed Vitamin D and take a break from your workday.
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Try some oils
Essential oils have been proven to have positive effects on depression, especially mood enhancers like lemon and peppermint. And with Essential Oils become more “on-trend,” there is no shortage of brands to choose from.
Get a “Dawn Stimulator”
Let your body’s natural circadian rhythms help with seasonal depression. Dawn Stimulators gradually wake you up with light that gets more intense, mimicking the rise of the sun.
Plan a vacation
Planning a vacation to a warm destination not only gives you something to look forward to, it lets you escape from the cold and soak up the sun’s rays for a few days. Once you return home, you’ll surely be in a better mood.
How do you fight the SADness? Share in the comments!
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