Seasonal Affective Disorder or SAD
Are you are one of those many people who just want to curl up in a duvet as soon as winter hits? As the days get shorter if you find yourself feeling moody and tired you might be suffering from SAD or Seasonal Affective Disorder. There are some things you should be doing to help combat these depressed feelings so that you can manage better even though it’s dark and cold outside. You can make some simple lifestyle changes that will help you to lift your mood naturally.
Are you suffering from stress, anxiety or do you worry too much? Try to find ways to reduce any stress and anxiety in your life. If there are things happening in your life you can’t control or perhaps a situation that you can’t change then you need to strengthen the way that you cope with that stress. You could try relaxation which could mean taking some time out to have a warm bath or perhaps listening to a special relaxation CD such as a self-hypnosis CD. If you can only manage to sit down with your eyes closed and focus on your breathing for 5 minutes that’s better than nothing at all.
Do you get enough exercise? Making more time for exercise is healthy, not just in the gym but walking in daylight outside just for 30 minutes, can help to boost your vitamin D and also your mood to stop you from feeling down. You might not always feel like it at first but afterwards you will hopefully notice a more positive feeling. A mindful walk in the park can be enough to change your outlook whilst also giving you a change of environment.
Hypnotherapy can also be used to help you relax and reduce stress so that you remain positive even when its cold and dark outside.