Being Merry When You’re Getting SAD

‘Tis the season to be jolly; but for some, this is easier said than done. Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) has already set in for many people across the globe. SAD typically begins when days get shorter, characterized by longer periods of darkness. SAD has been linked with increased suicide rates, alcoholism, as well as many other symptoms that go along with depression, a serious disorder that affects millions in the US alone.

While the holiday season is for many a time of togetherness and joy, for some it is a time that brings about enhanced feelings of loneliness and isolation. These people need to consult a physican before their symptoms worsen. S.A.D. sufferers can visit their family physician, find one through their insurance agency, or locate a psychiatrist/therapist here.

Some non-medical suggestions for people who suffer from S.A.D.:

1. Go Outside– Even though you may not want to leave your bedroom, try to take a light 20-minute walk during the day time. You need to get your Vitamin D, and the fresh air will make you feel better.

2. Exercise– In addition to your light walk, try to do some cardio activities in your free time. As a wise woman once said, “Exercise gives you endorphins, and endorphins make you happy.”

3. NO ALCOHOL– While people who suffer from S.A.D. should stay away from alcohol as much as possible (regardless of what time of year it is), you must completely refrain from any alcohol use during the winter months. Alcohol causes your brain to slow down and will only worsen any depression you may be experiencing. Also, if a doctor is prescribing you medication, alcohol may lead to an adverse reaction.

4. Lower Sugar Consumption– Try to refrain from consuming empty calories and limit your intake of simple carbohydrates. Eating foods such as these will cause your blood sugar to spike which will only lead to a crash later on. This crash is only going to amplify your depressed symptoms. If you need some “comfort food” try not to indulge too much or make a delicious dish using healthy ingredients.

5. Sleep-I know you need to check your Facebook, but you need to get at least 8 hours of sleep. The S.A.D.ness will only get worse if you don’t get adequate sleep.

These tips are in NO way supposed to take the place of a physician. To read more on S.A.D., please check out the MayoClinic.

A quick note to family and friends of S.A.D. suffers:

Please know that during this time S.A.D. suffers may respond to their loved ones differently. Some will cling to you closer than ever while others will distance themselves. Please support them at this time in their lives.

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2 Responses to Being Merry When You’re Getting SAD

  1. william wallace says:

    People suffer unnecessery where aint taking
    the next stage due in spiritual development.

    When one reaches the stage that’s natural
    in turning the senses inward ( however its
    not done /due to the various reasons that
    which lengthy in a process of explanation
    I’ll save such explanation for another day.

    In their spiritual development one needs a
    spiritual teacher in giving guidance/there’s
    many spiritual teachers as there the many
    stages that are ones spiritual development.

    The most vital spiritual teacher being such
    spiritual teachers/whom teach one turning
    the senses inward thus through meditation.

    Humanity being blessed with Prem Rawat
    whom be the teacher of teachers. On ones
    pc search put (words of peace) on the site
    but many videos of Prem Rawat speak of
    the individuals where through meditation
    their then turning of their senses inwards
    thus bringing an unfolding of spiritual self.

    A spiritual teacher vital /such stage where
    one prepared in turning the senses inward
    where ancient art / practiced as necessery.

    Spiritual development not going to a sense
    of stagnation / where one is neither going
    forward or back but is stuck in an vacuum
    of helplessness where only tears as sorrow.

    Thus stages of ones development are vital
    more so such stage turning senses inwards.

    Meditation. As such learning process /being
    the preperation meditation stages one must
    be patient. One must go through the process
    in slowing down such speed of mind / where
    in allowing brain /in taking back full control.

    Thus be patient / the process of one’s daily
    meditation / is vital in gaining back control.

    The point of the spiritual teacher is there to
    teach. / However if one’s not prepared listen
    as heed in learning / the advice being taught
    then it being an more troubled spiritual path
    than such necessery. Thus listen as hear not
    just listen hearing nought / see but in taking
    in nought / listen /hear /see./ Know Thyself .

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