Seasonal depression is real!
Formally known as Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), the Mental Health Foundation defines SAD as a form of depression that people experience at a particular time of the year or during a particular season – mainly during the winter season.
- Keep active – It can be hard to exercise during the winter, but it’s important to keep your body moving. Consider taking the stairs at work or switching to at-home workouts if it’s too cold to go outside. Also check out the Sit Less Move More campaign to get moving in the workplace.
- Make the most of natural light – Getting some fresh air and exposing yourself to bright natural light can be effective in reducing SAD symptoms. Try going for a short stroll on your lunch break and making the most out of the daylight.
- Eat well – Cutting out junk food and incorporating more fruits and veges in your diet can really make a difference in the way you feel, especially during the winter. Check out our blog on the Role of Diet in Mental Health to learn more.
- Get a vitamin boost – Less sunlight means less Vitamin D. Taking supplements is a good way to get your daily dose of Vitamin D and other essential vitamins.
- Unwind – Long and cold work weeks can really take a toll on your well-being. Make some downtime for yourself and do something to relax and de-stress.
- Reach out to people – Open up to family and friends about how you’re feeling. You can also join support groups which is a good way to share your experience with others who are going through something similar.
Click here to learn more about SAD, including causes and symptoms, as well as access to advice and other helpful resources and contacts.