Friday, December 9, 2016

Preventing Seasonal Affective Disorder

With the winter season upon us seasonal affective disorder (SAD) is on the rise.
Seasonal Affective Disorder is a mood disorder where those who suffer from it, experience depressive symptoms during certain seasons, particularly winter when the weather is colder and the days are short.

Symptoms of SAD often include:
·       Sad moods
·       Low interest in hobbies
·       Lack of motivation
·       Lack of energy
·       Loss of libido

How to prevent SAD
Unfortunately, preventing SAD is virtually impossible, but there are a number of things that can work to boost your mood and energy:
·       Take a Vitamin D supplement to replenish the Vitamin D you may be lacking from the sun.
·       Walk, run or ride – The rhythmic physical exertion is good for you—natural endorphins will help you feel a bit better.
·       Sweat it out. Head to the sauna, or even take a hot shower to increase blood flow to the brain.
·       Eat fruits and vegetables high in antioxidants.
·       Talk to someone.

If you’re struggling with SAD, it’s not “weird,” or “out of the norm.” Try your best to speak with someone, whether it’s a family member, loved one or a professional. Don’t let these winter blues get you down!

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