Do you have SAD & feel bad, ’cause you’re not sad? Here are 8 strategies I use during SAD season every year.
1. Light Therapy Lamp to wake up in the morning
When the seasons change and we wake up in the dark and come home in the dark, it is difficult for most of us. Those of us dealing seasonal affective disorder often experience depression for the entire season of shorter, darker days. My Light Therapy lamp is an essential part of my wake up routine. It's a Nature Bright Per3, set to come on 5:30am and gradually brighten to simulate the sun. It is now 9 years old, in perfect condition and was purchased with a prescription at a local Lawtons Healthcare. It has the recommended 10,000 lumens for SAD and was not covered under our insurance. Check out your insurance folks, in case you have coverage! I also
have another smaller portable, rechargeable Philips goLite Blu that was not a prescription Light Therapy lamp, and does not have the necessary lumens to treat SAD. It just helps to bring light around with me.
2. Wear Fun Colours
I love to brighten up my mood with vibrant colours in socks, legwarmers, tuques, scarves, underwear and even lipstick can help you smile. 🙂 I also love to crochet and colour with vibrant, fun gel pens, on my own or with others of all ages!
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.
4. Get Outside. Get Into Nature. Get Moving.
I actually love to get outside with friends and family, get into Nature & experience all the health benefits, SAD knocks me down every fall. Luckily my extremely motivating husband gets our family out the door, even when I am cranky and don't want to do anything. We know what it does for my for my head and we see how nature lights up our little boy too!
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!
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’. I challenge myself daily to create a more positive pattern. Fearful, negative messages can get more intense during SAD season. I have been practicing my language, my choice of words and work to change my ‘don’ts’ to ‘dos’. That’s your homework folks! Practice your changing your 'don'ts' to 'dos'. I need this for my own mental health, as well to be a healthy mom and spouse to build a positive home environment with my family.
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. Take care of you to be present with others. <3
Tell me what works for you. Cindy