Beat Your Seasonal Affective Disorder

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You might be feeling a little sluggish, sleepy and unmotivated recently. The days are darker and the harsh air keeps you indoors to snuggle under a blanket and sleep through your weekend. Come Monday morning it still feels like you haven’t slept a wink. This causes such extreme tiredness that you may be unmotivated to get work done, parent your children well or go out with friends and family.

What is Seasonal Affective Disorder?

SAD is a temporary depression usually affecting people in the winter months however, it can affect someone anytime of year. This depression includes feelings of fatigue, anxiety, irritability, and loss of interest in people and activities. You might find you are not getting out and exercising as regularly as usual, eating more or less and eating foods you normally wouldn’t, this can lead to more extreme changes in weight and mood.

How to Fight it

If you feel this kind of depression is too much for you to try to ease naturally, you might consider seeing a doctor. For the most part, you will be able to improve your overall mood with a few simple steps.

  • Get moving and go outside. Yes, it is cold, but just a few minutes walking around under the sun will get you that all important vitamin D to perk you up. Take a five minute break in the morning and afternoon to get out of the office, this will also help you stress levels.
  • Watch what you eat. Make sure you are eating the right amount with good nutritional value. it’s absolutely fine to have a chocolate or take out every once in a while but shoving in junk food will only give you a temporary boost in mood.
  • Find an activity. If you have something like a sport, trip to a museum or movie outing planned with friends or family every week or so, you will have something to look forward to. It might seem difficult at first but if you push yourself to go once it will be easier and begin to increase your mood.

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