Shining a Light on SAD

We all know that shorter, winter days can have an impact on our mood and mental health. With the seasons changing, it's important to look out for signs of seasonal affective disorder (SAD). We've put together some tips to help manage SAD and where to get help if you need it.

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With the season changing, we're faced with shorter days, colder temperatures, and for some people, seasonal affective disorder (SAD).

SAD is a type of depression that has a seasonal pattern so is commonly known as ‘winter depression’. This is due to the disorder being linked to reduced sunlight exposure during shorter autumn and winter days. However, the exact cause is unknown. What's important to know is that 

SAD is not just experienced in the winter, it can also affect individuals in the late spring and summer.

Symptoms to look out for

  • Irritability
  • Changes in your appetite
  • Lack of energy
  • Persistent low mood
  • Social withdrawal
  • Decreased sex drive
  • Sleeping problems

Things to help

  • Light therapy (Light box that stimulates exposure to sunlight)
  • Regular exercise
  • Plan relaxing activities
  • Spend time with friends and family
  • Keep a diary of your symptoms

Get support

One very important thing is to acknowledge how you’re feeling and it’s already one massive step in acknowledging that you should reach out for help. It can be incredibly difficult to talk about how you’re feeling but there are so many people to support you, such as:

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