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Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is a type of depression that is linked to changes in seasons. It usually begins and ends at the same time each year. As the days get shorter many people struggle with lack of energy and enthusiasm, mood changes, and a drop in overall health. Fortunately, there are many things you can do to manage SAD and health in a healthy way.
Regular physical activity helps improve mood and boosts energy levels. Exercise releases endorphins, which naturally lowers stress levels, and also helps to improve sleep. Exercise also can help to relieve symptoms of mild depression. Aim for at least 30 minutes of activity each day, no matter what your activity level is.
One of the most common treatments for SAD is light therapy. This involves sitting near a special lightbox for a period of time each day, usually in the morning. The light sends signals to the brain that help regulate mood. Studies have shown that light therapy can help improve overall health and reduce symptoms of SAD.
Healthy Eating and Nutrition
A balanced, healthy diet is essential to supporting mental and physical health. Eating a variety of nutrient-dense foods and limiting processed foods is important. Foods rich in vitamin D, such as fatty fish and fortified dairy and cereal products, are especially important for managing SAD symptoms.
Seeking Professional Help
If you find yourself struggling to manage SAD and health, it’s important to seek professional help. Talk therapy, medication, and lifestyle changes can help you better manage your symptoms and boost your overall mental and physical health. Your doctor can also help you find effective treatment options and refer you to specialists if needed.
Managing Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) and overall health can be a challenge. However, with the right lifestyle changes and treatments, you can begin to manage your symptoms and improve your overall mental and physical health. Talk therapy, light therapy, exercise, healthy eating and nutrition, and seeking professional help can all help you successfully manage SAD and improve your overall wellbeing.