Posted on October 31, 2019 by Josh Puttock

Winter blues, or seasonal affective disorder (SAD), is thought to be very common and can affect people of any age, including children. It tends to rear its head at the beginning of autumn where there is less light and ends around March/ April.

Evenings get darker, so do mornings and the main theory behind SAD is linked to the lack of sunlight which stops the hypothalamus (a part of our brains) working properly.

As with any type of depression, SAD can be difficult to live with. It can make you feel tired, stressed and unhappy. However, it can usually be successfully treated.

We’ve done our research and wanted to provide you with a list of tips and tricks that might help ease some of the symptoms.

1. Keep Active.
Getting your heart rate up is thought to be as helpful as light treatment. Exercise releases those all important endorphins which make us feel wonderful post-workout!

2. Keep Warm.
Being cold can add to those low moods so staying warm can reduce the winter blues. Hot drinks, warm clothes and warm houses!

3. Eat Healthily.
A healthy diet will boost your mood and give you more energy. Balancing your meals with carbohydrates, proteins, fats and of course lots of fruit and veg will keep your immune system happy too!

4. Take up a new hobby.

Keeping your mind active with a new interest is proven to prevent symptoms of SAD. Why not try swimming, a new exercise class or simply moving more. Having something to look forward too and concentrate on can do wonders for your mind!

5. See your friends and family.

Socialising is great for your mental health. Making an effort to stay in touch with friends and family is really important and more so as we get closer to the festive period.

There is usually a tactic that will help and work so don’t give up after the first try. Keep going and if in doubt, you can always visit a GP.

By Amy Cousins – Health & Fitness Blogger