Do you have SAD & feel bad, ’cause you’re not really sad?
Every year it creeps up on me. Here are 8 ways to deal with SAD.
1. Use a Sun Lamp to wake up in the morning
When the seasons change and we wake up in the dark and come home in the dark? We have our super duper Light Therapy lamp, The Nature Bright Per3, set to come on 5:30am and gradually brighten to simulate the sun. Ours is about 8 years old now and was purchased at a local Lawtons Healthcare. It has the recommended 10,000 lumens and was not covered under our insurance. You should check yours. We also just got another smaller portable, rechargeable Philips goLite Blu for office and travel. This is not a prescription SAD lamp with necessary lumens. It just helps me see light as my house starts looking darker, earlier each day. I just started turning it on during office time as it gets darker out there.
2. Wear Fun Colours
I love to brighten up my wardrobe especially for working out with fun, funky leggings. If you have to go business casual, try some fun socks and underwear!!
3. Eat Green
Do you start to crave sugars in darkness? I do! Eat yummy green vegetables to help your belly feel good and help your sugar cravings. Buy local produce from Lester's, on Brookfield Rd, Fagan's Truck in Churchill Sq. and the St. John's Farmers' Market every Saturday at the Lion's Chalet.
4. Get Outside. Get Into Nature. Get Moving. I love variety, always did. You really have to find your fit, to create a healthy lifestyle long-term. I actually love to get outside with friends and family, get into Nature & experience all the health benefits in as little as 15-30 minutes a day.
Hugs build trust, exchange energy, open communication to give and receive. It opens your chest to stand tall and wraps your arms to feel comfort. Hugs are human touch vitamins. Go give some out today! Read a book on Hugs by Robert Munch while hugging.
6. Sleep Well
This can change your entire day! Limit caffeine. I know, it’s cruel, but I had to do it too. Avoid eating before bed. A full belly can make you very uncomfortable. I know this one too. Limit alcohol. Too much can interfere with your sleep while one small 6 oz glass of wine may be perfect before bed . Thank Heaven, she says! Keep the room cool and use more blanket or a heated blanket for warmth. Get yourself a nice memory foam to top your mattress and a comfy pillow for your zzzzzz.
7. Surround Yourself with Positive Energy
We all know the old saying ‘misery loves company’, so I challenge you & I challenge myself daily to beat that saying out of our bodies and create a new thought pattern. Change your language, change you ‘don’ts’ to ‘dos’. That’s your homework. Find a proactive solution that brings you power and confidence to change. This comes from my own experience as a mom in daily decisions on how we want to raise our son. It also comes from a need to change my fears & create opportunity. I work on this daily for mental health. You can create this pattern with your kids too, as they deal with fears like nightmares. I ask my little boy to think of a happy memory, so when he does have a nightmare, I encourage him to think of the happy thought over and over. I also do this for my nightmares.
8. List What You Appreciate & All Your Strengths
Write it down, keep it near & stay true to your heart. The closer your mind & your heart, the closer you are to being you and being happy. The further you are, the bigger the disconnect, the more you avoid taking care of you. You have to take care of you, before you can truly take care of others.
Every year it happens and every year, I prepare to reduce the negative impact of seasonal affective disorder (SAD) by using healthy mind strategies to deal with it and be more proactive in my own healthcare.
Tell me what works for you. Cindy@faroutfitness.ca
Motivational leader in whole body health & wellness.
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