If you got lots of time outside this summer, seasonal affective disorder (SAD) probably isn’t on your mind right now. But about 1 in 5 people will get SAD once the season starts charging (or get straight up winter depression!).
There are lots of beautiful things to see and do during the fall and winter, as well as memories to make. So plan for those feelings now—because it will be easier to stop them before they start then to dig yourself out of the hole they can make.
One of the biggest suspects in winter feelings of sadness or depression is lack of Vitamin D. Start now by making plans to spend more time outside, even as the weather gets colder. It takes a bit more time in the sun to make enough Vitamin D during the winter, but anything you get will add to what are hopefully good stores from summer!
- Have a cup of tea outside during the warmest part of the day.
- Take a walk for some #SneakyExercise, and to see the autumn sights. (If you’re starting to have feelings of sadness, a change of scenery or feeling like you’re doing something can push them off, too).
- Or try enjoying classic seasonal activities—harvesting, hayrides, festivals, and later, snowman building, sledding and more.
Because most people still don’t spend 100% enough time outside, make sure to supplement with Vitamin D. (Even if you don’t get SAD, a surprising number of people end winter slightly Vitamin D deficient!)
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Here’s to a happy fall and winter!
What is the biggest factor in your winter feelings?