4 Ways to Cope with Seasonal Affective Disorder

Seasonal affective disorder (SAD) is a mood disorder that causes people to feel depressed in either summer or winter.

Since 1984 when the disorder was first described and named, experts now consider it to be a common mood disorder despite the initial skepticism.

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That said, here are 4 ways to cope with seasonal affective disorder (SAD):

#1: Understand its signs and symptoms

It’s important to understand the signs and symptoms of SAD which could include depression during the fall and winter and none during the summer and spring. You’d also suffer from a loss of interest, an increase in the number of hours of sleep, less energy or even the inability to think clearly or focus.

#2: Maximise your exposure to daylight

There are a number of ways by which you can do this, and which involves trimming the bushes around your windows, keeping blinds and curtains open during daytime or even something as simple as getting up as early as possible. Bright colors for the upholstery or even for your walls is a good idea too.

#3: Stay involved with enjoyable activities

Spend time with friends and family who are loving and supportive. Volunteer for activitie that give you pleasure. Take a vacation in winter rather than during summer instead. Staying involved during the tough months with enjoyable activities can help you cope with SAD better than you think.

#4: Engage in healthy habits

A number of healthy habits which include getting enough sleep, eating well and reducing stress by making time for relaxation are good ways to cope with SAD. Spending time outdoors is also an excellent way to stay on top of this mood disorder.

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