15 November 2013

Self-help for people with Season Affective Disorder

For people with Seasonal Affective Disorder, autumn and winter can be a challenging time. However, by introducing some simple lifestyle changes, sufferers may notice a significant improvement in their symptoms.

  • Try to get as much natural sunlight as possible. Even a brief lunchtime walk can be beneficial.
  • Make your work and home environments as light and airy as possible.
  • Sit near to windows when you are indoors.
  • Take plenty of regular exercise, particularly outdoors and in daylight, if possible.
  • Eat a healthy, balanced diet.
  • If possible, avoid stressful situations and take steps to manage stress.
  • Talk to your family and friends about SAD so that they understand why your mood changes during the winter. This will enable them to help and support you more effectively.

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