Is there a treatment for seasonal affective disorder?

As the days grow shorter and nights grow longer, colder, darker and drearier, many people actually begin to experience changes in their mood, often leading to seasonal affective disorder (SAD). While going into a wintertime funk is not usually as serious as a clinical depression, it can certainly have an adverse effect on your quality of life. Although there’s nothing we can do to keep winter from making its appearance every year, there are a few tips to getting through it without having to endure any mood disorders.

One simple yet important technique to keep the blues away is to approach life with a happy and healthy perspective. By emphasizing the positive aspects of your life, and of course not spending a disproportionate amount of time dwelling on the negative, you’ll be well on your way to a less depressing winter. It’s important to recognize all the potential that every new day brings. By allowing the sun to shine in, even during the grimmest days of a cold winter, you can create an emotional shift that can result in a better state of mind. Another way to lift your mood is to get out of your own head space. Getting involved in volunteer work is one way to distract yourself from any unpleasant thoughts. Another way to keep yourself from getting into a blue mood is by spending more time with people who are upbeat and pleasant to be around. If it’s in your budget to do so, a vacation to the Caribbean or some other warm, exotic locale could do wonders for your overall mood. If your financial situation doesn’t allow for globetrotting, then even something as simple as cleaning out the clutter in your home will make you feel better. Other relatively inexpensive activities you can engage in to keep SAD at bay include exercising regularly, sticking to a healthy diet and getting the occasional massage.