I’ll be honest with you. I love Autumn and Winter but I hate the darkness that comes with it. I posted on my Instagram recently about struggling with it, and thought a blog post could better warrant my emotions. I can suffer with SAD Syndrome. Don’t roll your eyes at me sista, it’s a real thing. It can differ from feeling I have absolutely no energy to do anything, to feeling sleepy or worried about more or less anything that crosses my path.
Firstly you may be wondering, what is SAD?
SAD is sometimes known as “winter depression” because the symptoms are usually more apparent and more severe during the winter.
A few people with SAD may have symptoms during the summer and feel better during the winter. – NHS
I’ve started to get to grips with it and here are a few things that have helped me, and I hope they help you too.
Talk to People
I’ve found I get at my worst when I become a social recluse. I try now to reach out to a friend to grab a coffee or even invite them round for a cuppa. Chatting about things going on in people’s lives is a great distraction.
I’m not talking get up on out to the gym, cause I’ll be honest, if I’m in a low mood there’s no chance. A walk however, or a gentle touch of yoga can really help soothe my mind. I’ve found walking the dog and HIIT sessions extremely effective this year. Yoga is just fabulous for calming all my crazy thoughts and I’ve started to do it with Jasper.
My mum always taught me ‘to have something to look forward to’ and it’s a massive enabler when it’s coming to SAD for me. Even something as small as going to see a friend on a certain date or something as grand as having a holiday for a year ahead. These things remind me of things I have to come and fill my time.
I find I’m worse when I have time to think. So, I bake, I watch a movie, I go for a walk, I blog. All of these things keep my mind on other things. I set myself little challenges for each day with lists, ticking these off is massively satisfying too!
Change your Lightbulbs
Yep, you can buy lightbulbs that help better your mood. I also find candles, the fire and cosying up helpful too. Creating a positive atmosphere that is warming and calming helps.
Know When to Seek professional Help
If you’re struggling to cope, pick up the phone to your GP. Make an appointment to see them and you can discuss options. You are not alone and you are worthy.