Another gray day looms large, yes it’s that time of year and if you are one of the 5% of the population living in the northern hemisphere that suffer from Seasonal Defective Disorder your life can be pretty bleak at the moment. The feelings usually start in the Autumn months and carry on through until Spring. It is known that up to half a million people in the U.S could be suffering from S.A.D however not everyone knows they have it as the symptoms are quite often mistaken for conditions like depression or insomnia amongst others.
Younger women seem to be worst affected however they are more likely to seek a doctors advice so that could be why. Symptoms include a general feeling of being down, irritability, mood swings, poor sleep patterns and loss of appetite which swings towards binging and over indulgence.
So how can you help alleviate the condition?
There are aspects of your daily routine that you can change to offset the affects of Seasonal Affective Disorder that can really help you, such as:
Getting outside as much as possible when the days are just that bit brighter as the more daylight you are subjected to the better you will feel.If it is a sunny day all the better, just make sure you take advantage and sit in the sun for a while.
Try to make your working enviroment as bright possible, try moving your desk closer to the window, Take regular breaks, and if possible take your lunch break away from your office.
Home workers should try to have a routine so that it will allow you to escape the confines of your house once a day at the least.
Simulate daylight with a ligh therapy lamp. These are fairly inexpensive and can easily be purchased online. If used for half an hour a day a therapy lamp can make a huge difference to your day.
Excersise is known to help if you are experiencing SAD, so depending on your age and level of fitness why not try to have a brisk walk or jog daily or you could even try your hand at yoga. Excercise will be allow you keep yourself healthy at the same time it is also helping to alleviate your SAD symptoms. Why not try to plan your weekly schedule in advance as you are far more likely to keep it up than if you do it on an adhoc basis.
Food cravings can also be a component of Seasonal Affective Disorder, usually people crave sweet things like chocolate, buscuits and cake, if this is the case try to satisfy your appetite by substituting the sweeter foods with other carbohydrates such as pasta, or you could eat more fruit and vegatables.
In the end it all comes down to being proactive with your Disorder and tying to meet it head on, There is no one cure fits all but once you recognize that you have SAD then you can begin to treat it.
Arnold Hexden has written on many subjects, however Seasonal Affective Disorder is a serious issue which he is very interested in and has devoted a lot of his time to. Watch the Seasonal Affective Disorder Video