English winters are not hugely cold or warm they are mainly dreary and grey with a toss of English moaning about the weather whipped in. This is where I think Seasonal Affective Disorder, or SAD, has developed in mankind. Having nothing to look forward to and dreary day after dreary day can certainly have an impact on someone. As a teenager I know it did for me. I mean, What did I have to look forward to? Exams, revision , holiday homework, walks to the bus stop in the cold? Everyone needs that little bit of hope in their lives, that light at the end of the tunnel.
So here is how I obliterated ever having SAD. Don’t get me wrong, everyone has down days but its about making those down days just a little better.
As a child my mother worked nights and dad days so we didn’t have to be put in to child care. I was one lucky puppy. Some nights when my mum wasn’t there and I had trouble sleeping me dad used to come in and stroke my head and tell me to think of something exciting or wonderful. I remember one autumn night as he pulled the blanket up to my cheeks, he said ‘ think of Christmas, think of how fun it’s going to be with all the family together and what you would like from father Christmas.’ To this day whenever I am having a bad night sleep I think of all the good things I have to look forward to. If ever there is one time I cant think of anything I lay there and think of the things we could do to have something to look forward to.
Vitamin D supplements are your best friend. UK winters are grey and your skin needs that sun. Your body naturally produces vitamin D when exposed to the sun but without that summer sun your body struggles to regulating the absorption of calcium and phosphorus, and build a normal immune system function. Getting a cold or flu on top of SAD is just a killer. Vitamin D has been scientifically proven to fight depression too. One supplement every morning can really aid your wellness. Obviously seek medical advice etc first.
Having things to look forward to in life is key. If you have nothing to look forward to then there you are just existing and not really living. Even the small things in life can help here, such as meeting friends, a party, a holiday, these are all things that I think help.
What do you do to help your SAD?