As the weather gets colder and the days grow shorter, many people suffer from Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). This is a mood disorder due to the disturbance in the circadian rhythm because of the seasonal changes. Here are some tips to avoid seasonal affective disorder.
Light therapy is one of the most effective ways to help with SAD. Starting your day off by walking outside for 30 minutes can help alleviate the symptoms. If you are too busy to work outside, there are alternative ways to deal with this. Use lightboxes or dawn simulators every day to activate the right awareness. Lightboxes can be turned on early in the morning to simulate sunlight. Dawn simulators are alarm clocks with a light that progressively gets brighter 30-60 minutes before the alarm goes off. Light therapy is also good for jet lag and sleep disorders. People with bipolar disorder shouldn’t consider light therapy as it can trigger the symptoms.
Turning Off Technological Products
One of the ways to get quality sleep is by turning off technological products at least one hour before bed. This way you will avoid long naps during the day and keep several hours of sleep. Turning off technological products makes you more alert for the following days ahead. It’s also a great practice to prevent being addicted to your phone.
Having an exercise routine
Having a regular exercise routine helps alter your mood every day. Set out at least 30 minutes of exercise to activate your neurotransmitters and increase your mood. You can also exercise with a group of people or take a daily yoga class. Yoga is a good discipline for stretching and relaxing but being mentally prepared.
Connect with family and friends/Meditate
Family and friends can distract a person from seasonal depression. Hang out with your family and friends on a daily basis. Travel to events together or chat at leisure time. Prioritize your social life SAD from happening. Maybe join a Facebook group online. Meditation also helps with preventing SAD. Take some time out to close your eyes and concentrate on your happy place. Use apps or different techniques to help sort you out. Check out previous post on wellness tips for the mid-autumn.
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