How To Deal With SADS

How to Deal with SADS

If you aren’t familiar with the seasonal affective disorder (SAD)—is it defined as a type of depression that occurs because of season changes. Winter is primarily the most impactful for those affected by SAD, as it is gloomy and cold with less sunlight exposure.

Depending on your gender, age, and location, you may have to deal with SAD. Women are more likely to be diagnosed with SAD. Young adults also are more susceptible to SAD. Those furthest from the equator are in for SAD the most, as it becomes colder and darker. The purpose of this article is to inform you on how to deal with SAD, and how we can help.  

Search for a Light Source

Due to less sunlight exposure, you’re going to have to find a light source somewhere! Luckily, there is a device called a lightbox that is specifically for people with SAD. It is a part of a bigger initiative, called phototherapy which combats SAD with light sources.  There are lightboxes available that are stronger than a traditional lightbulb. Luckily, they are safe for people because lightboxes dedicated to SAD block the UVs, making it safe for the retina. There is a free alternative—the sun! If you’re lucky enough to get a peak during the morning, evening or anytime during the day, get as much sun as possible, but not too much.

Eat a Better Diet this Winter

Wintertime is also known as weight gain season, as people eat more in the winter as they are trapped inside their central heated homes. However, eating lots of junk, especially carbohydrates, will result in low energy too. Vitamin D levels tend to drop during winter because of less sunlight exposure. Eating foods high in vitamin D such as fatty fish and eggs will help to fight SAD. A wild mushroom is also a vegetarian option, as it contains vitamin D-2. Of course, eating fruits and vegetables will contribute to a proper diet this winter, full of energy and nutrients. Drinking enough water is recommended as well.

Exercise

Staying physically active this winter will be good for your overall health. If you can work out with some sun exposure, it is even better. Being active regulars your circadian rhythm, which contributes to your sleeping pattern. Better sleep means a happier you.

Continue to Be Social

In the winter, we tend to stay cooped up in the house because of the weather. This results in less social interaction with the people who make you happiest the most. Keep in touch with friends and family this winter.

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In short, push through, do the activities you love, and get some sun! Don’t forget to eat healthily, stay active, hydrate, and get some vitamin D! Feel free to contact us today with any questions or concerns that you may have. Our professionals would love to hear from you!