Are you SAD?

Oct 03

This morning, I woke up, ate breakfast, caught up on social media, fed the dog, hailed a cab & began training my first client all before the sun rose in the eastern sky. When I go home tonight, the sun will have set in the west. I think my client said it best: “The leaves are falling and so is my serotonin.”

According to Cleveland Clinic in Ohio, Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) affects 4-6% of the U.S. population. Not an insanely high number, but many of us feel subdued in the long winter months – myself included! But with a bit of foresight and planning, we all can keep it’s symptoms at bay.

What can you do to stay perky this winter?

-Follow the sun. Get to a beach in the dead of winter. Not only will you have something to look forward to, you’ll stay bikini-ready during the holidays!

-Lace up your running shoes. Cardiovascular exercise releases mood-boosting endorphins!

-Get some Vitamin-D: invest in a sun lamp & use it! Or, sit on a park bench and soak up the sun. Even on cold or cloudy days, outdoor light can help.

-Make your environment sunnier and brighter. Open blinds, sit closer to bright windows while at home or in the office.

-Join in the fall fun: rake leaves (don’t forget your neighbor), pick apples (make applesauce) or carve a pumpkin (bake the seeds)!

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