Are you SAD?
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)!