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Do the Darker Days leave you SAD?

Updated: Oct 7, 2022

Seasonal Affective Disorder, or SAD as it’s also known as, is a condition that many of my clients struggle with. New research shows that one in three people in the UK suffers from the condition. Whilst we’ve had a pretty mild winter and we’re heading towards warmer and brighter days, I know I’m not alone in thinking that this point of the year is a tough time. One the one hand, the spring flowers are making a break through, giving hope. On the other, the constant dark, wet mornings and evenings can leave you a little on the ‘go-slow’ side.

According to research, women are 40% more likely than men to experience symptoms of Seasonal Affective Disorder, sometimes referred to as “winter depression”. It affects people in different ways: for some, it’s low energy levels to low self-esteem whereas for others, anxiety to comfort eating. This has made me look deeper into how we can support ourselves, and others, to help lift our mood and create our own sunshine.

Here are five of my favourite natural remedies to help ease the symptoms and leave you feeling more like you. As a SAD sufferer myself, I find these are quick and simple to implement daily and I’m sure you’ll agree. If you have anything that helps you through the winter blues, please do let me know in the comments!

1. Mr Sandman …

People who live with SAD often have trouble sleeping at night and getting up in the morning. Maintaining a regular sleep schedule improves sleep, giving you naturally more energy when you wake. Create yourself a gentle morning and evening routine and stick to it daily. The most effective thing I have found is starting your day with a short guided meditation (just 5 minutes can do it!) This keeps your brain calm and relaxed in Alpha state, whilst priming you for the day ahead. Here is one I have recorded for you to try! Just 5 minutes to kick start your day the best way. Click here for details.