Ways to deal with Seasonal Affective Disorder

seasonal affective disorder

I know I’m not alone on this front, the joy of the darker weather and shorter days.  I find myself struggling to get out of bed, complete my to-do lists and generally just be human.  Please note, I am very aware of how serious this situation can get and if you need to speak to a professiona, please, please do.  I have in the past.  (nhs SAD mind SAD).  My husband can confirm that I’m not necessarily the easiest person to deal with, the stubborn streak, so I have lear ways to wean myself off having medication etc!  I’ve been dealing with it for a few years now and I’ve generally got a good handle on it – none of which involve a lamp, although that would definitely help!  OK so my 5 tips that help me.

Tip 1: Go for a walk

This is a mix, you need to get any sunlight you can and although the SAD lamps rock, I think there is something great about getting outside.  The air can help clear your head and the fresh, crisp air can blow away the cobwebs.  Even on the days when it is tipping rain, it can be good to get out between showers and if you get a bit soaked you have a perfect excuse to have a hot bath with some hot chocolate.  Trust me, get outside, bring a friend, or a dog, or some good music.  Enjoy the fresh air.

Tip 2: Tasty Food & Drink

It’s that time of the year, all the warm snuggly food.  Think stews, pies, anything comforting.  You could also try out some new recipes, spend some time distracting your brain by making something that is going to A – taste yummy, B – fills your belly, C – if it doesn’t taste amazing, at least you tried something new!  Basically all the good things.

Sea view

Tip 3: DIY / Projects

Find a new craft to try or if you’ve a DIY project you’ve been meaning to do.  For example I’ve a pinboard I’m going to paint, followed my some chairs I’m going to sand down and varnish.  You have something to do that stimulates the brain again and the satisfaction of an end product.  Now do not put pressure on yourself to finish it immediately, but do make sure you do make some effort on it at least once a week if you can.  Short projects work – it’s time to spend some time on pinterest to get some ideas!

Tip 4: Get comfy and snuggly

Get yourself some snuggly fluffy socks and a cozy jumper, wrap yourself up in blanket and dig out a good book.  I love to wrap myself up in a slanket and dig out a good book.  There is something wonderful about having a hot chocolate while reading a good book.  Turn on the heating if you have to!  Either way get cozy and give yourself a warm evening – this may mean taking a hot bath, watching a good film or doing whatever it is that will make you happy.

Tip 5: Get planning

Something that helps to keep me going is to have a plan.  Both short term and long term.  We have our travels to look forward to in about 6 months, however I’ve all my blog plans each month and we have wee things to do quite a few weekends – whether it’s a walk in the woods or hanging out with friends.  Either way, give yourself something to look forward to.


2 thoughts on “Ways to deal with Seasonal Affective Disorder

  1. Some great points here. I although I have not been diagnosed with this I do get down when the winter months drag on and it does affect me in Jan/Feb. I try and plan a holiday in January or mid winter to break up the dark months.

    1. I’m so pleased you found it useful. It can be hard to get through the darker months, good idea planning a holiday at the start of the year!

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