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Also known as Seasonal Affective Disorder or ‘Seasonal Depression’, anyone who has ever suffered from the Winter Blues knows that it can be debilitating. While the underlying cause is still up for some debate, theories mainly focus around a lack of sunlight during Winter months preventing the hypothalamus from working at full efficiency. Fortunately, there are numerous ways to beat the Winter Blues without professional assistance or medication, and some of the most effective ways are simple changes in lifestyle. The NHS website recommends “getting as much natural sunlight as possible, exercising regularly, and managing your stress levels” and there are accessible ways of doing all three.
Getting as much natural sunlight as possible can be challenging due to most people’s working hours and the fact that there are fewer hours of daylight. Fortunately, advances in light therapy have provided numerous solutions to this problem; such as Dawn Simulators and medically proven SAD Lights. Moving on, managing stress levels is essential to managing seasonal depression, however, this comes easier to some than it does to others. For those who struggle, guided meditation is often recommended to help combat seasonal depression and there are countless audio sessions available to download from the internet.