Three Ways to Combat Seasonal Affective Disorder
Seasonal affective disorder, or SAD, is a form of depression that strikes at a particular time of year, usually in the winter. Symptoms include feelings of hopelessness, decreased energy, and difficulty sleeping. If you believe you’re suffering from SAD, the first step should always be to talk to your doctor. For many people, medication is an option to keep their symptoms under control, but that isn’t the only treatment available. Try some of these proven methods of combating SAD.
1. Sunlight and natural air
If your depression is worse in the winter, it could be caused partly by the decreased natural light, especially when the weather is too awful to get outside regularly. Luckily Australian Winters still provide amble time to get some natural light, so remember to take the time to leave your books, breathe in the fresh air and grab some sunshine.
It’s true that regular exercise helps with some ailments, and SAD is no exception. You’ve got 24/7 access to a first-class gym at Atira, so take advantage of it. A good workout, even if it’s just going for a walk, fills your brain with endorphins and boosts your mood. It can be hard to motivate yourself when depression has taken hold, but do your best to get moving at least three times a week. You’ll be glad you did.
3. Talk it Out
Talk therapy is a tried-and-true method for treating depression of all types. Atira’s friendly Resident Assistants and staff are always here for you and willing to talk with you at any time of the day. Alternately, a qualified therapist will also listen to what you have to say and help you figure out ways to cope. They’ll be able to come up with methods of managing your stress, helping your friends and family understand what you’re going through, and identifying negative behaviour patterns that may be worsening the way you feel.
Even though SAD is a temporary problem, that doesn’t mean you have to suffer through it until it goes away. Try some of these proven methods to defeat seasonal affective disorder.
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