Seasonal Affective Disorder and You
What Causes SAD?
How Do I know If I Have SAD?
- Lacking motivation to do your day-to-day routine
- Fatigue and sleepiness during the day and/or sleeping more than normal
- Feelings of sadness and/or despair
- Boredom and no desire to interact with friends and family
- Increased appetite and weight gain
- Irritability, anxiousness, and general moodiness
SAD and Your Immune System
- Light therapy : bright light therapy helps 85% of people suffering from SAD. This form of treatment requires patients to spend up to four hours a day exposed to a very bright light that replicates natural sunlight. This kind of light has ten times the intensity of domestic lighting and is best provided using a light box.
- Get outside: it’s not easy but take advantage of the sunlight and get outside for a walk.
- Keep things simple: try not to do too much in these tough winter months. So many people get bogged down and the cumulative impact can lead to SAD.
- Go on a trip: if you can, book a trip to somewhere warm, sunny and hot for a week or two in February.