WINTERPROOF YOUR MOOD

Bright ways to deal with dark days

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FEEL­ING THE WARM GLOW OF THE SUN ON YOUR FACE CAN DO WON­DERS TO LIFT YOUR MOOD AND THERE’S SCI­ENCE TO BACK UP THE EF­FECT. BE­ING DOWN IN THE DUMPS WHEN YOU’VE NOT HAD MUCH DAY­LIGHT IS NOT ONLY COM­MON, IT’S A RECOG­NISED MEN­TAL HEALTH CON­DI­TION.

SAD is a mood dis­or­der in which depressive symp­toms oc­cur dur­ing the win­ter months. ‘The amount of sero­tonin pro­duced in our brain is re­lated to how much day­light we’re ex­posed to,’ says nu­tri­tion­ist and weight loss ex­pert Lily Sout­ter, (lilysout­ter nu­tri­tion.com). ‘Short win­ter days can re­ally af­fect suf­fer­ers, tip­ping them into a de­pres­sion.’ Talk­ing to your doc­tor is es­sen­tial if you fear you may be suf­fer­ing from SAD, but we’ve gath­ered the ex­perts’ tips for the best de­fence against the win­ter blues.

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