FOUR FIXES FOR WIN­TER BLUES

Woman's Weekly (UK) - - Health -

1 Find the rea­son

Con­sider if lack of en­ergy/en­thu­si­asm, fa­tigue, ir­ri­tabil­ity and carb crav­ings are due to sea­sonal af­fec­tive dis­or­der (SAD) or an­other cause.

2 Get light

Spend more time out­side dur­ing the day (ex­er­cise is good for mood, too), sit by the win­dow, or try light ther­apy such as day­light bulbs and light boxes.

3 Try CBT

Cog­ni­tive be­havioural ther­apy helps to re­frame neg­a­tive thoughts into more pos­i­tive ways of cop­ing, such as mo­ti­vat­ing your­self to eat more healthily and get more done.

4 Con­sult your Gp

An­tide­pres­sants of the SSRI class, such as Ci­talo­pram, can help. If you suf­fer from SAD it may help to start med­i­ca­tion in win­ter un­til the fol­low­ing spring.

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