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What is Seasonal Affective Disorder?

What is Seasonal Affective Disorder?

Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is a type of depression that is related to particular seasons. It is sometimes known as “winter depression” as it usually gets worse in winter, however, it is also possible to experience SAD in summer.

As the dark mornings and nights draw in again, and the weather gets colder, you might find yourself feeling down, lacking energy, or losing interest in things you usually enjoy.

These feelings can affect your everyday life if they are persistent.

What can SAD feel like?

  • Continuous low mood
  • Feeling tired during the day
  • Loss of interest in things you usually enjoy
  • Sleeping for longer than normal and finding it hard to get up
  • Difficulty concentrating

What can help with SAD?

  • Make the most of the daylight – try and get out for a walk if you can, or sit by a window
  • Plan ahead – batch cook your meals for the week if you’re lacking energy
  • Look after yourself – make time to do things you enjoy
  • Eat a balanced diet – eating well can help with energy levels throughout the day
  • Confide in a loved one – they could be feeling the same or similar

These are just some things you can do that can help improve your mental health.

If you’re struggling, you can access NHS talking therapies for free via the self-referral form button below or visit this page to learn more about the services what we offer.

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Published date:

20th November 2023

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