(Disclaimer: I’m not in any way an expert in diet, exercise, mental health or health in general. All my advice on SAD is based on my own experience of it and on information I’ve picked up on the way. If you believe you’re suffering from SAD or any other health condition your first port of call should be with your doctor to rule out the possibility underlying illness.)
So far this week I've written posts on:
Beating SAD 2013
Seeing the light
A cunning plan
Food to lift your mood
Fit not fatigued
In this final post I'm including other ways to boost your well being through Winter that don't fit into the other categories.
- Gratitude: Make a list of your favourite things. Listing the good things in your life that you're grateful for shifts your focus from lack to abundance. Every year around October time I sit down and make a list in my journal of things I enjoy about Winter and things I'm looking forward to, for example:
- Playing in the snow
- Crisp air
- Having a hot drink under a blanket at the end of the day
- Drinking coffee in bed at the weekend whilst rain hammers down
- Making Christmas gifts
- Visiting my friend at the other end of the country
- Fairy lights in trees
- Satsuma season!
If you've got any tips, information or resources that help you cope with Seasonal Affective Disorder I'd love to hear about them. I hope these posts have given you a better understanding of how you can help yourself to have a happier Winter season.