WINTERPROOF YOUR MOOD
Bright ways to deal with dark days
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.