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5 Home Remedies for Seasonal Affective Disorder


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Limit Alcohol and Caffeine
Coffee smells great, but if you have SAD, reach for herbal tea instead.
Coffee smells great, but if you have SAD, reach for herbal tea instead.
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Avoid self-medication with alcohol or caffeine. Caffeine may give you a brief lift, but it can also cause anxiety, muscle tension and gastrointestinal problems. Alcohol, on the other hand, is a depressant, which can further exacerbate your low mood.

Any herbal tea is a better choice than teas with caffeine. Your reduced energy level may cause you to turn to caffeine for a boost, but it can also cause anxiety, muscle tension, and stomach problems, so opt for herbal. Chamomile, peppermint, and cinnamon are pleasant-tasting choices. Drink a cup instead of giving in to your carbohydrate cravings.