Dealing with SAD

We love fall- from the leaves changing, to pumpkin spice everything, to cozy movie nights at home, it's one of our favorite times of year. As the days go on, though, it gets a little colder, a little darker, and suddenly we feel the change in seasons taking a toll on us.

Seasonal Affective Disorder, or SAD, is a type of depression that's related to changes in season, usually in the fall and winter months. We know how hard it is to handle that inevitable gloom, so we wanted to share some tips and tricks that we've used to boost our moods.

LIGHT THERAPY

Light therapy (phototherapy) is one of the only proven treatments for SAD, aside from medications and counseling. In light therapy, you sit a few feet in front of a special light box first thing in the morning to mimic natural sunlight. Jenni, our Digital Marketing + Community Manager, uses the Miroco Light Therapy Lamp from Amazon, but consult your physicians before deciding which light box to purchase, especially if you have any other medical conditions.

MEDITATION

We have a love/hate relationship with meditation. We know it's good for us, but struggle to implement it in our day-to-day lives. Since the sun rises later during the colder months, we've found it easier to do meditation right after waking, while still in bed with our eyes closed. That way, we get to stay in bed a little longer while also reducing our stress levels and priming our mind for the day ahead. You can find many free meditations YouTube, with a variety of themes. Try out this Self-Love Meditation by The Mindful Movement.

PHYSICAL ACTIVITY

Exercise, whether that be a yoga flow or full on HIIT sesh, is a great endorphin booster year round. It can be a little difficult to motivate yourself during this time of year, so we suggest finding a routine that you genuinely enjoy. Don't want to drive in the snow to the gym? There are plenty of free workout videos on Instagram and YouTube. Our favorite fitness accounts are Sami Clarke for weight training, Tasha Franken for pilates, and Yoga with Kassandra for, well, yoga. Feel the need to stay wrapped in a blanket if you are home? Maybe you'd benefit from going elsewhere to get your exercise in. Either way, don't be too hard on yourself if you find you're less active. Listen to your body and rest if you truly need to.

WHAT YOU GUYS SAID:

Here are some little tidbits of what you guys said works best for you when you experience SAD:

  • Getting out in the sun whenever it comes to play
  • Keeping warm and cozy baths, blankets, tea, and coffee
  • Staying busy with work and personal routines
  • Not staying busy at all and allowing yourself some down time

We hope you've found something here that can help you. It's a hard time of year, so remember that and understand that your mind and body may need a little extra TLC. Lastly, but most importantly, please talk to your physician if you think you need additional help managing your symptoms.

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