How to Combat Seasonal Affective Disorder
By Brandi Goodman
Seasonal affective disorder occurs around the same time every year. It happens for most people in the winter. The sun isn't out nearly enough. The colder weather and stress of the holiday season can leave many feeling bummed out and depressed. It's a difficult time for many. Though it's nearing spring and moods will soon start to improve, there are still some things you can do to try and combat this disorder and keep yourself feeling better year-round.
Get a New Mattress
It may seem strange that something as simple as a new mattress could have any impact, but this disorder already affects your sleep. You may either want to sleep all day, or your thoughts keep you up not allowing you to sleep at all. Either way, once you do get rest you may find yourself waking up feeling groggy and even more tired than before. Tossing and turning on an old mattress can have even more impact on your mindset. A new mattress that actually feels good to sleep on can allow you to get a much better night's rest and have you feeling refreshed and more likely to want to take on a new day.
Try Light Therapy
Because there is not as much sunshine during the cold months or people are spending less time outdoors, a significant lack of Vitamin D plays a role in this disorder. Light therapy is one option that can help. Bright light triggers the release of serotonin that can make people feel happy. SAD light therapy provides that light and that release so you can feel happy even when the sun isn't shining. You can order a special lamp that provides the kind of bright light that is needed. Just sitting next to a regular lamp won't do because it isn't nearly bright enough. Just 30 minutes a day is all that's needed to give you the boost required.
Do all you can to kick your seasonal affective disorder to the curb. The time of year may be difficult for you to handle, but with some effort you can experience a more positive experience than you may have in the past. Just know that spring is in season and much of what you've been feeling will soon dissipate at least in some capacity.
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