Are any of you feeling S.A.D. “Seasonal Affective Disorder”?
It’s that time of the year isn’t it? It’s dreary, cold, and the sun seems to be hiding somewhere behind the clouds. It isn’t too fun to walk outside to get into a cold vehicle with an icy windshield or the darkness that comes so fast in the evening. It can effect our emotional health and mental state of being there’s no doubt! I have found myself a little more irritable than usual lately.
According to research people affected by SAD are conscious of a marked decrease in their mood, low energy levels, little motivation, poor concentration, and can also experience changes in sleep, and appetite.
We still don’t know exactly what causes SAD, but it’s possible that cold weather, less sunlight, low vitamin D levels, diet changes, hormonal fluxes and decreased exercise could all trigger a deterioration in mood.
I don’t know about you but every single day is a day to live, breathe, and have gratitude! Instead of allowing the external to effect our internal choices or staying inside wearing PJ’s for the entire winter we can still be proactive.
Here’s five solutions if you feel S.A.D:
- Get out in nature and soak up some vitamin D from the sun – Lift and/or move via exercise to get the heart thumping
- Explore your area for some new places that will be positive
- Snuggle with your furry friend
- Plan a getaway
- Fuel with clean, whole, real food and avoid sugars – Reach out and get some encouragement from a friend
What are some ways you avoid feeling S.A.D.? I’d love to hear about it!