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Defeating The Winter Blues

20 November 2019

Posted on: 20 November 2019

Taking care of your mental health in those darker months.

A lot of people feel particularly low during the colder, gloomy British winters. Research has found that over half of adults say their overall mood is worse in the winter season compared to the summer season, and especially with looming Christmas finances and New Year resolutions it is understandable why it can be a difficult time for some./p>

The symptoms of ‘winter depression’, better known as Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), are very similar to the typical symptoms of a persistent low mood. Supposedly 40% suffer from fatigue, 56% admitted that they struggled to get out of bed in the morning, and 18% had been prescribed antidepressants. According to the NHS, other symptoms include a loss of pleasure or interest in normal everyday activities, irritability, feelings of despair, guilt and worthlessness, low self-esteem, tearfulness, feeling stressed or anxious, a reduced sex drive and becoming less sociable./p>

Fear not – there are ways to combat this. These tips can sometimes feel out of reach, but that is okay. It is recommended that during these months we;

  • Keep active
  • Get outside as much as we can
  • Keep warm
  • Sustain a balanced healthy diet

However, when these things do seem a little too optimistic for us, it is recommended that we try and socialise, find new distractions such as hobbies, and seek help when we feel we need it most. It is also found useful for some people to have what is known as a SAD Lamp, which mimics the tones of sunlight in dark rooms to lighten mood; but there are also free and payable apps available on both the App and PlayStore that focus on dealing with mental health./p>

If you are struggling with mental health, please don’t suffer in silence. If you want to talk to someone or want to find out how you can support your loved ones, there are services available down below.

Sources;
https://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/health-and-families/health-news/seasonal-affective-disorder-1-in-3-people-suffer-from-sad-9814164.html  
https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/seasonal-affective-disorder-sad/symptoms/
https://www.holidaygems.co.uk/blog/2018-uk-sad-(seasonal-affective-disorder)-statistics
https://www.independent.co.uk/extras/indybest/house-garden/lighting/best-sad-lamps-light-therapy-seasonal-affective-disorder-lumie-how-to-treat-a6839106.html
https://www.nhs.uk/using-the-nhs/nhs-services/mental-health-services/how-to-access-mental-health-services/

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