The days are getting shorter and summer is but a distant memory. For most people, the winter months bring excitement and joy, but the NHS estimates that 1 in 15 people in the UK suffer with SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder) between September and April.
Now, you may not have SAD, but the grey skies could be giving you the blues. Here are some great ways to ensure you stay on top this winter!
Take a walk: If it’s raining, the last thing you’re going to want to do is take a walk, but trust me, it helps! The fresh air will wake you up and it may be your only chance to squeeze in that tiny bit of vitamin D.
Vitamin D suppliments: Saying that, vitamin D comes from sunlight and we’re not getting a lot of that at the moment. Pop into your nearest pharmacy and stock up on vitamin D suppliments. You can also buy vitamin D sprays. I’ve given it a go; I’m not sure how well it worked, but it made my breath smell minty fresh!
Stay social: I don’t know about you, but as soon as the evenings start getting darker, my social plans start diminishing. Make spontaneous trips to the pub with your colleagues, go see some comedy with your friends or go out to dinner with your partner; just because the seasons have changed, it doesn’t mean your social life has to.
Plan a trip: Give yourself something to look forward to in the new year and book a cheap flight to somewhere you’ve never been before. A lot of airlines will have deals on after Christmas; sign up to a few newsletters to make sure you don’t miss out.
Embrace winter: What’s one thing you can do in the autum/ winter but cannot in the summer? Get cozy! Light some candles, treat yourself to a new winter wardrobe, make yourself a Bailey’s hot chocolate and put a Christmas film on. Embrace the season.
Excercise and vitamins are not a quick fix for depression, so if you are feeling low, make sure to book an appointment with your GP.