Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is a common mood disorder that occurs when our days are shorter and we get less exposure to sunlight. Symptoms can vary from low energy and motivation, or cravings for more carbohydrates, to difficulty getting out of bed and moodiness. Most people in colder climates experience the ‘winter blues’ to some degree. The good news is there are plenty of things we can do to reduce the symptoms of SAD involving diet, lifestyle, supplements and mental preparation.
When it comes to physical activity, it's important to start small. Instead of resolving to go to the gym four times a week, opt for the stairs instead of the elevator, choose to walk instead of drive for short distances, or sign up for a weekly class that involves physical activity. Exercise releases endorphin's, which can be an amazing stress-buster.
Eat a healthy diet
Make a point of choosing healthy options for every meal. Filling up on refined and processed foods can suck your energy away and cause for a lack of concentration. So avoid too much white bread, rice, and sugar. Instead, opt for whole wheat breads, brown rice, and lots of veggies and fruit. Don't forget H2O! Your body will have an easier time operating at its best when you give it premium fuel.