(Seasonal Affective Disorder)
The season is changing. The days are getting shorter and darker and the temperature is dropping. This can often result in our moods changing too.
For some of us, we might just be missing the summer, but for others it's an actual disorder. Known as SAD, seasonal affective disorder is a type of depression that can come and go dependent on the season. So how do we overcome it? tips to overcome sad
 GET PHYSICAL - any type of physical activity helps to release endorphins, which reduce stress and improve mood. Walking for half an hour a day in the fresh air can make all the difference.
 LET THERE BE LIGHT - make the most of natural light by going outside as much possible during the day. Alternatively, light boxes are designed to simulate sunlight and trigger the release of serotonin in the brain.
 STAY CONNECTED - keep in touch with friends and family and go to see them as often as possible. Laughter is the best medicine and spending time with those that you care about the most is a great way to lift your mood.
 POSITIVE THINKING - surround yourself with positivity. Be aware of your thoughts and challenge anything that might be negative - if you looked at a situation differently, would you feel better? This is a great technique often used by professionals as a mood booster.
 PLANNING IS EVERYTHING - this time of year can be stressful for different reasons, including the pressures of the festive season on top of everything else and stress can make SAD feel ten times worse. Planning ahead can help to reduce stress and make tasks and activities feel less overwhelming.
We hope that these tips may be helpful as a starting point to combat any symptoms of SAD. However if at any time you feel that you are struggling to cope, seek advice from a healthcare professional or contact your GP for further support.