This is What I Do To Stop Suffering from Seasonal Affective Disorder
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For the first time in winter I no longer counted how many hours of sunlight I was getting. You see I used to be one of those people who looked at the website that shows sunrise and sunset times religiously, daily, and now I only checked it once a week.
JUST DO IT
As hard as it may seem you should definitely get going and move that body of yours. Exercise counteracts depression at almost every level. In the UK doctors regularly recommend exercise as the first line of treatment for depression.
I know its easier to get off the couch and get your body moving in the summer, but if you suffer from the winter blues and SAD in particular, then it is even more important to exercise daily when autumn and winter arrives.
And the sense of accomplishment is even higher.
MY TOP TIPS FOR KEEPING ‘SAD’ AWAY
Get outside and walk at least 8000 steps per day whatever the weather. Dress up warm and just do it!
Do at least 2 Ten-minute Micro-workouts daily, preferably one weight bearing and the other with as much high intensity as your current fitness allows
Take Vitamin D3 1000iu minimum daily
Get at least 7 hours sleep a night and meditate for at least 5 minutes either side of hitting the pillow and waking up.
Stay off the sugar and simple carbs at least 5 days per week. Only eat as a treat. This is the season of festivities after all. Diwali, Hannukah, Thanksgiving, Christmas
Reduce your alcohol consumption. I recommend at least 3 days off the booze per week or better still quit completely for three months mid-Nov to mid Feb during the darkest days. Or simply take part in Dry January. That way you’re not alone and in it with others.
East more good fats like nuts, seeds, olive oil, coconut oil, eggs, oily fish, and avocados. Preferably consume at least three of these daily.
Practice the Art of Appreciation daily. Think of as many things that you appreciate in that moment and really feel those feelings of appreciation coursing through your veins. Do this at the bookends of your day. Trust me this works and puts your head in an undeniably vibrant space.