Fight S.A.D. – “Seasonal Affective Disorder”

Each year millions of Americans are affected by S.A.D., Seasonal Affective Disorder.  And although some say it can happen at any time during the year, this syndrome is most often associated with the Fall and Winter Months.

It happens every year, beginning and ending at about the same times. Sometimes S.A.D. will affect you in the Spring and Summer, but most often it will arrive in the fall and winter months.

As summer ends, and the days get shorter and darker, our bio-clocks must adjust and as we do, we sometimes get, “A case of the Blahs.”  Many times it is also described as, “Having the Blues,” or “Being down in the Dumps.”

This is a time when we need to take some action to counter the affects of S.A.D.  Treatment for SAD may include light therapy (phototherapy), medications and psychotherapy.

  1. Prepare for the arrival of “S.A.D.” Yes, everyone needs to prepare for and accept A.D., “Seasonal Affective Disorder.”  SAD is a type of depression that’s related to changes in the season. 

    I am not a doctor, but I do have some simple suggestions.  Begin each day with a little light exercising.  Get the Blood circulating and the heart beating. It doesn’t have to be much.  Maybe just some stretching, some twisting and bending, while you sit in the edge of your bed.  If you are into Yoga or even some of those old Jack LaLanne exercises, you will find these help too!

    Then take your shower and get dressed.  Even if you are retired or don’t have to leave the house, you should still get up and get dressed!  Don’t sit around in your pajamas or robe.

    Turn on more lights, and open the curtains, even during the day. This is the light therapy.  It will do wonders.  Try to sit near a window and absorb some of the sunlight which helps your body produce Vitamin D.  Studies have also shown that letting the Sunlight in, also kills germs!  It’s Healthy!

    And here is a nice social and mental trick that I like.  Make it a point to call a friend each morning.   Maybe even a different friend or old acquaintance each day.  Then go about your daily work or chores.   You will see a difference when you take a positive approach.  And the calls are good for your friends too!