Let's Talk About S.A.D

Hey besties, autumn is among us and it can be a really exciting time. We start sourcing the closest pumpkin patch, hunting out our cosiest jumper and planning halloween outfits for 2 months before trying to scrabble something together 2 days prior to the 31st of October. However, this time can also be difficult for some. You may be familiar with the term SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder) which is a type of depression which comes and goes with seasonal patterns.

SAD Symptoms include:

  • Persistent low mood
  • Loss of pleasure or interest in normal everyday activities
  • Feelings of despair, guilt and worthlessness
  • Feeling lethargic and sleeping in the day
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Decreased sex drive

What causes SAD:

Although the exact cause of SAD isn’t fully understood, it’s often due to reduced sun exposure due to shorter days. Theories suggest that the lack of sunlight can stop a part of the brain working called the hippocampus which may affect:

  • Production of melanin
  • Production of serotonin
  • Your body’s internal clock

Ways to help with SAD:

  • Practice self care rituals
    • Change up your skincare routine, meditate or take a warm bath.
  • Journal
    • Note your mood each day, what you think the causes are and things you’ve done to help.
  • Exercise outside
    • Even a quick walk outside will increases your exposure to natural light.
  • Light therapy
    • Using a light box is to provide extra light and make up for the shorter days.
  • Take vitamin D supplements

You should consider seeing you GP if you think you have SAD and it is affecting your day-to-day life.

Date: 30 September 2022

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