Come back sunshine...
Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)
Had anyone noticed a lack of motivation recently, feeling sluggish and generally low? Daylight hours are rapidly decreasing and many of us notice a significant change in mood at this time of year. I am affected quite dramatically by a dull day and the contrast between my energy levels when the sun is shining, to a typical Blighty Autumn/Winter day can be huge. Things that can help:
Taking a walk outdoors – I know it is probably the last thing you want to do when it is cold outside (I draw the line at wet weather), but it can really help boost energy levels, as does exercise in general. Time outdoors will boost Vitamin D levels, also known as the ‘sunshine vitamin’, which, when lacking, has been linked to low mood, fatigue and muscle weakness. Natural sources of Vitamin D include: - oily fish – such as salmon, sardines, herring, mackerel and fresh tuna - red meat - liver - egg yolks - fortified foods – such as most fat spreads and some breakfast cereals I tend to take a Vit D dietary supplements, which I have found to be really effective, so it may be worth speaking to your GP or pharmacist for details on the best dosage and quality supplement for you. Light boxes have also reported to be effective, although again, the quality and output should be recommended by a medical professional – I confess that I haven’t tried one out yet, but keep browsing Amazon for the best looking box 😊 It could also be worth looking on the SAD association website, sad.org.uk
for advice and resources.