We are in autumn heading towards winter and for over 2 million people in the UK they are affected by SAD, Seasonal Affective Disorder this is a difficult time. This is a recent illness which has been developed, diagnosed and treatment plans offered. As we approach winter I think a lot of people whether they are diagnosed with SAD or not will feel some of the symptoms associated with the condition and in fact with winter coming along. The nights are longer, it colder and we realise that we do not get enough sun and daylight into the day. As we spend less time in sunlight and this can have an effect on our health and wellbeing.
There are lots of things that can be done to help treat SAD and generally to keep us active this winter. Here are some suggestions below
1. Why not try a new exercise or sport which youcan play throughout the winter season? For the winter season personally Iprefer swimming but in the summer I enjoying cycling as it’s nicer weather. AllI would say when looking at sport and exercise try and take something on thatyou will enjoy. There are lots of different things that you can do from Pilatesto Zumba.
2. Try and make your working environment as brightas possible.
3. Take a walk in your lunch break to get someexposure to sunlight.
4. Take up a new hobby to get you through thewinter.
5. Eat healthily, although I saw one article whichrecommended expensive chocolate but I will leave that with you!
There are treatments are available for SAD. One set oftreatments that has been popular for SAD is Light Therapy. The Lumie Bodyclock isone of the most popular lights on the market. This wakes you up gradually witha sunrise and this helps to reset your sleep/wake pattern to help you feelrefreshed, alert and ready for the day ahead. The brightening light which theLumie Bodyclock provides is a natural cue for your body to reduce theproduction of sleep hormones (e.g. melatonin) and gradually increase the levelsof those that help you get up and go (e.g. cortisol). A sure way to start anywinter day!