SAD - Seasonal Affective Disorder - characterized by moodiness, fatigue, brain fog, change in appetite/weight, detrimental thoughts. Occurs at the same time every year, typically beginning in the fall and lasting through winter. My university experience was deeply altered by this breed of "winter blues"
Since it seems the groundhog has lied to us and we're still all wearing parkas, I wanted to share some tips that have helped yours truly:
🍊Eat as FRESH as possible - more fruits and veggies because the less processed foods you consume the better, especially during the winter. Try citrus, pineapple and banana to remind you of summer!
🌱Buy a new plant baby - Who doesn't love some lively green tones? Plus nurturing your plant will nurture your soul. Aim for a shade loving shrub to ensure fool proof care.
⛰️Bundle up and go outside with a travel mug of tea or cocoa. Fresh, daytime air can be as beneficial as light therapy.Or head to a conservatory, aquarium or indoor animal sanctuary for a whole new vibe.
☀️Try Vitamin D supplements or light therapy - your doctor may prescribe some UV light! As little as 2 min in a tanning bed can change your whole week. Use with caution!
🧘🏻♂️Meditate - Mindfulness is probably the most effective treatment for managing destructive thinking. Sit quietly with your thoughts, accept yourself as you are in that moment, accept peace, welcome feelings of hope, repeat.
👩🏽⚕️Talk to a professional - medical advice or a counselors help can make all the difference!
Lastly, remember that every situation, feeling and thought is temporary. This too shall pass.🙏🏽