Well that sounds cheeky – but I’m talking about Seasonal Affective Disorder of course!
Usually starting in late Autumn and continuing throughout the winter, the lack of exposure to daylight can leave us susceptible to SAD symptoms including tiredness, low mood, irritability or lack of motivation. It’s more common in people living further away from the equator – that’s us, here in the UK I suppose🥶.
The severity of both physical and mental symptoms can be debilitating and thanks to Covid-19, lockdown isn’t helping either. It’s believed that this winter there’ll be an increase in people suffering from the condition; since as well as the stresses brought about by the pandemic, restrictions mean we have fewer opportunities or reasons to be outside.
So what can we do about it? Here are a few ideas you can try for the relief of SAD symptoms:
- Try meditating. Click here for free access a short meditation track by Jennifer Lynch*
- Leave your bedroom curtains open so that when morning comes, you benefit from as much daylight as possible
- Be sure to speak to someone each day. If Covid-19 restrictions prevent you from getting out, give someone a ring or arrange a Zoom call.
- Go outside in the middle of the day. Use your ‘exercise’ allowance outside, in the daytime. If you’re working – whether it’s at home or in the office – use your lunch break to step outside. Take a short walk, breathe the fresh air and take in the access to natural light.
- Increase your Vitamin D intake. It's essential for healthy skin and bones and a deficiency of this important vitamin can cause muscle weakness, fatigue and depression. It's also known as the ‘sunshine vitamin’, and often found to be lacking in our diet - not just for SAD sufferers, but in the general population. Luckily, sunshine isn’t the only source. Foods including cheese, egg yolks and oily fish contain Vitamin D. If your diet doesn’t include these for any reason, (and because you’d need to consume quite a lot of these foodstuffs to meet the daily requirement), you can also consider taking a Vitamin D supplement.
- Try natural relief to help with sleep patterns, irritability and depression. CBD oil, 5-HTP or Ashwaghanda are a good place to start.
Of course my suggestions above shouldn’t be taken as medical advice. But I do know that trying something different may just be the relief or solution you’ve been looking for.
For more info about SAD syndrome, take a look at: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/seasonal-affective-disorder-sad/
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