Feeling SAD - Tips to keeping fit this winter

Feeling SAD - Tips to keeping fit this winter

Seasonal mood disorders, such as seasonal affective disorder (SAD), are characterised by recurring depressive episodes that typically coincide with changes in seasons, most commonly during fall and winter months when there's less natural sunlight.

Symptoms often include low energy, feelings of hopelessness, changes in appetite or weight, difficulty concentrating, and a loss of interest in activities. While the exact cause of SAD isn't fully understood, it's believed to be linked to fluctuations in serotonin and melatonin levels, as well as disruptions to the body's internal clock due to reduced daylight.

Tips: 

- Set your heater to turn on before your alarm to create a warm and inviting environment in the morning.

- Lay out your workout clothes beside your bed the night before, making it easier to get dressed and motivated for exercise.
- Consider investing in a sunrise alarm clock to simulate natural light and gently wake you up, especially on dark winter mornings.
- Incorporate comforting rituals into your morning routine, such as sipping a warm beverage or practicing mindfulness, to ease the transition from sleep to wakefulness.
- Stay consistent with your sleep schedule to ensure adequate rest and make waking up in the winter more manageable.

Please note that this is not intended to be medical advice so please speak to your doctor if you continue to experience symptoms. 

Useful resources about mental health https://www.beyondblue.org.au/

 

 

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