Coping with S.A.D

Living in the UK, it’s not particularly sunny all year round - especially in Scotland. Honestly, we’re lucky if we get even a sixth of the year with more than subpar weather. Still - it’s getting to that time of year when the days are shorter.

It feels like you come out of work/school/uni and it’s already getting dark out, even though it was dark when you left that morning too.

When they weather’s bad, it feels even worse. It’s like you don’t get even a moment where it’s light out because of the clouds guarding the sun like huge grey shield.

Seasonal Affective Disorder, commonly known as SAD is depression associated with late Autumn and Winter, where basically your body doesn’t respond well to the changing seasons. This can leave you feeling pretty crap all Winter due to the long stretches of darkness during the day with not much sunlight to help balance things out.

Although it’s difficult pretty much no matter how hard you try to deflect it, it’s really important to make sure you’re doing what you can to keep your life going and not sitting in a slump for almost half of the year. There’s enough to be stressed about without SAD on top of it all.

So, here are a few things I already do or I’m going to implement this Autumn and Winter to keep my spirits up as much as possible and deal with my SAD:

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