8 Ways to Kick Seasonal Affective Disorder’s Butt
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Seasonal Affective Disorder is a type of mild depression many people suffer from during the winter months. It’s now classified as a common disorder in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual. Luckily, it’s also very treatable. Here are a few things you can do if you’re experiencing symptoms of SAD:
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Get More Light
It’s believed that SAD is directly related to light – or rather, lack thereof. For the person experiencing SAD in the winter months, cloud cover and limited sunlight is an issue. Look for ways to get more light into your day. If you can, purchase a light box and sit across from it while engaging in reading or some other pleasurable activity such as listening to classical music or any other type of music you enjoy. A light box has to be used as compared to a regular bulb because the full spectrum of light it emits is similar to sunlight.
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Take a Walk
Take walks on a regular basis. Walking towards a destination is healthier and more positive than exercising in a closed room. Also, the combination of natural light and exercise can boost your mood.
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Be outdoors more often. Even though it’s colder in the winter months, being in nature is very therapeutic and beneficial for the human body. Bundle up and spend more time outside.