You Could Be Feeling S.A.D. Because It’s Winter

Seasonal Affective Disorder or S.A.D. is a real thing, and the majority of us suffer from it, unknowingly, every year. As the seasons change, so do our moods, and I, for one, become pretty miserable and unsociable when the winter month rears its cold and dreary head.

The colder it gets, the more my mood drops, and the only interaction I want with the outside world involves walking to fetch my UberEats delivery. Roll on Spring, and suddenly S.A.D. turns to, and all is forgotten. The only problem is the vicious cycle continues and slowly breaks down your level of happiness.

So, what do I do, I hear you ask?

Combat S.A.D. with these easy steps:

Vitamin D

Yes, you heard me! Catch some rays, girl. Go for a walk, or opt to have your girls’ lunch outside, and soak up the vitamin D. The more vitamin D, the happier you will be.

Go on a fit-cation

Embark on a little retreat that involves moving. Yoga, walking, stretching, even meditation. Getting away and just reconnecting with yourself will reset the body and mind.

Natural happy hour

Move the cocktail to the side and add some natural ingredients to your hot drinks to improve your mood and spirit. Spices like nutmeg, chai, and vanilla are sure to lift you out of any cold slump.

Are you still feeling S.A.D.? Grab your girlfriends and a good cheesy rom-com, and have an old-fashioned slumber party. Paint your nails, don a face mask and act like 16-year-olds. If this doesn’t pull you out of the winter slump, head back to club duvet. At least September is only three months away.

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Adele Koolen
Adele Koolen

Health Editor

Adele Koolen studied BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy at Wits, practiced as a Physio for 15 years, and became one of the most sought-after Physios in the world sport arena. However, a hand injury in 2017 forced Adele to pursue alternative business ventures, resulting in her becoming a successful businesswoman and philanthropist. She is currently a Social Media Manager for a design company in Johannesburg, the founder of the #IAmEnoughZA campaign and the reigning Mrs SA Charity.

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