The fall is already here and winter is also on its way as days become shorter and temperatures are lower. The seasonal affective disorder could affect more people this year, especially in the wake of social distancing.
Seasonal Affective Disorder, also known as SAD, is a form of short-term depression that tends to affect people for a few months on a yearly basis. It is encountered more often during fall and winter, and it can last until the spring or summer arrives. In some cases, SAD can also appear during the summer months.
There are a few tips and tricks that can be employed to keep SAD away and maintain your mental well-being in the long run, even during those dark winter nights. Start with an idea bank where you can add pieces of paper with ideas of something fun. Take a ticket when you feel down and do what it says.
Focus on wellness
It is always a great idea to soak details about the world which surrounds us. Think about the small things that make you happy and add them to a list that can be read easily.
Since winter days tend to be a lot darker, it is always a great idea to take advantage of natural light as much as possible. Stay by windows in the morning, take brief walks or walk towards your job if possible. The use of a powerful therapy light that mimics natural light is also a great idea.
Since fewer events take place in the cold season, it can be fun to organize a small event, even if it is online-only. There are lots of themes that can be used, ranging from Halloween to specific national holidays or Christmas. Even a weekend dinner with homemade food can be great!