Seasonal Affective Disorder – also known as SAD – is a condition that affects many people in the UK. It’s a form of depression that is triggered by the shorter days at this time of year, which means we get less exposure to sunlight.
An article for Netdoctor recently offered some advice on how to tackle the condition if you’re someone who suffers as the days get shorter and the weather turns colder.
The news provider noted that one of the best ways to treat SAD is to get as much exposure to natural light as possible. That means getting outside, even if only for a short walk, is a good way to help boost your mood and get some exposure to that all-important sunlight.
Exercise and staying physically active has also been found to help those who suffer from the condition. The website points out that, although you may be tempted to snuggle up indoors, the best thing you can do is stay active because this “can help lift your mood and boost energy levels”.
Combining being outdoors with exercising is a great way to lift your mood. Look into the outdoor activities on offer in Staffordshire to see if there’s anything that appeals to you.
Climbing could be a great option, because it provides a full-body workout and even if the weather isn’t brilliant there are plenty of indoor climbing walls where you can practice, work up a sweat and have fun.
It’s even been recommended recently as one of the best alternatives to the gym, because it helps you burn calories while toning your muscles and losing fat.