Seasonal Affective Disorder

How To Ward Off The End Of Summer Blues

Claudia Canavan | Posted 04.10.2017 | UK Lifestyle

Dark mornings are nearly upon us and the early air is laced with chill. Autumn often makes it harder to crank yourself up for an early run or meditat...

8 Things You Need To Know About Seasonal Affective Disorder

The Huffington Post | Sophie Gallagher | Posted 05.10.2017 | UK Lifestyle

October has arrived and summer seems a distant memory. With the arrival of the new season, you may be starting to feel like your mood is dampening and...

14 Things You Will Totally Relate To If You Suffer With Seasonal Affective Disorder

The Huffington Post | Sophie Gallagher | Posted 25.09.2017 | UK Lifestyle

Many people celebrate the arrival of autumn and the impending pumpkin spiced lattes, cosy knitwear and hibernation, but for those with Seasonal Affect...

It's Not Just 'Winter Blues': What I've Learnt About Seasonal Affective Disorder

Tayana Simons | Posted 28.05.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Tayana Simons

Seasonal Affective Disorder (S.A.D) is one of the lesser-understood mental health conditions. Because it is, in itself, a type of depression, it is easy to think it has been bought on by other circumstances in your life. It is only when you begin to recognise the recurring annual pattern, that you realise the trigger.

The Truth About Blue Monday

Isabella Goldie | Posted 16.01.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Isabella Goldie

The truth that Blue Monday gives us an opportunity to talk about is that we all have mental health and that there are steps we can take all year round to protect it. The major risk factors for mental ill-health, poverty, trauma, loneliness, ongoing stress and physical ill-health, are not confined to one day, let alone one month.

Winter Blues

Janet Adebodun | Posted 01.12.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Janet Adebodun

I find that my Mental Health suffers during this time of year and comes with a constant battle between extreme FOMO (Fear of Missing Out) and anxiety-riddled excuses as to why I won't attend Christmas parties or other winter-time social events. Fighting the "Winter Blues" can be difficult so I've come up with some Winter Mental Health Tips

Feeling Safe During Times Of Change And Uncertainty

Karin Sieger | Posted 11.11.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Karin Sieger

Feeling safe during a time of transition and uncertainty in politics and society can be difficult. At such a time feeling a comforting connection to o...

Your Complete Guide To Getting The D This Winter - Part 1

Laura Thomas PhD | Posted 04.11.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Laura Thomas PhD

Hold up, not so fast. Vitamin D isn't like a regular nutrient that you just get from food. That would be too easy. Vitamin D is kinda freaky - but in a good way. It's one of the few nutrients that your bod can actually make by itself - pretty badass.

Five Easy Tips to Beat the Winter Blues

Lucy Beresford | Posted 15.01.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Lucy Beresford

It's hard to motivate yourself to go outside in grotty weather, but we are group creatures. Socialising lifts the spirits. Invite friends round to watch comedy shows on TV. Or tap into your inner child by going as a group - male as well as female - to a shopping centre or department store to have free makeovers at the beauty counters.

Winter is Coming: Five Ways It Can Affect Your Mental Health

Tayana Simons | Posted 26.11.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Tayana Simons

Contrary to what you might believe, SAD is not actually bought on by the weather that winter brings but by lack of exposure to natural light. And most importantly we shouldn't underestimate the significant effect it can have on the way we feel both physically and mentally. Here's why...

10 Ways To Cure The Winter Blues

Annette Bette Kellow | Posted 22.10.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Annette Bette Kellow

It's that time of the year, the air changes, our skin starts drying and our emotions can start to feel quite drab. Although there is a certain joy about getting the winter coat on and purchasing a couple of new jumpers (named the back to school kit forever!) it can still feel irksome when the cold winter nights set in.

The Colour Of The Sky May Be Affecting Our Body Clocks

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Anna Cafolla | Posted 21.04.2015 | UK Lifestyle

A sunset may not be just a pretty thing to watch- it could be affecting our health, research suggests. Colour has a greater impact on circadian rhy...

Things You Should You Know About Taking Medication

Shadi-Sade Sarreshtehdarzadeh | Posted 04.04.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Shadi-Sade Sarreshtehdarzadeh

I thought I was maybe nearing my way to remission. I thought I had got to a point where the illness didn't define my life any more, where it didn't disable me. I thought I had it under control.

Three Healthy Habits to Beat Hibernation Hunger

Juls Abernethy | Posted 28.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Juls Abernethy

Its almost the end of January, spring is just around the corner, but with the nights still long and dark and the days still cold its hard to image. During these long dark winter months there is a primal urge inside us that says wrap up warm, stay inside, eat!!!

Can A Bootcamp Help Prevent The January Blues?

The Huffington Post UK | Emily Verdouw | Posted 12.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle

It's winter, post-festive season and you're inevitably staring down barrel of those pesky resolutions. And, like a lot of us, we bet most of those are...

What Is Seasonal Affective Disorder And How Can You Combat It?

The Huffington Post UK | Natasha Hinde | Posted 25.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle

Cold weather, excessive heating bills and leaving the office in the pitch black. Yep you guess it, winter's officially here. If you've got a seriou...

Mother Nature: Gentle Therapist and Housekeeper

Liberty Forrest | Posted 10.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Liberty Forrest

It's snowing. You wouldn't think there are lots of kinds of snow but there are. For example, there are the big fat fluffy flakes that drift and float, silently smiling as they gently cover the world in a soft sparkling blanket. They are friendly. Happy. Cheerful little kids seeking playmates. That kind of snow warms your heart and makes you want to daydream by a fire with a cup of cocoa.

Winter Blues?

Jacqueline Hurst | Posted 13.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Jacqueline Hurst

Ask yourself this; Do you want to feel miserable? Do you want to 'blame' the weather for the whole season just so you can feel bad? I doubt it. So we need to think about the bad weather differently.

How to Deal With the Season of S.A.D

Shadi-Sade Sarreshtehdarzadeh | Posted 26.12.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Shadi-Sade Sarreshtehdarzadeh

With the clocks going back this week, the season of S.A.D is upon us, and with that comes a surge in diagnosis. Seasonal affective disorder is type of depression that comes with the changing seasons, hitting at the same time every year, usually in the dark depths of winter. It's estimated to affect about two million people in the UK.

What Is Summer Depression?

Karin Sieger | Posted 26.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Karin Sieger

If you are lonely, have few social outlets, low self confidence or self esteem, then the summer months can be challenging. You may find it difficult to go out on your own, if others are out as couples, families or groups of friends, and you have no one to share the summer with. Seeing others apparently living the life you wish you had can make you feel worse about your own situation.

Changing Clocks and Changing Moods

Nola Chesworth | Posted 30.05.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Nola Chesworth

Although uncommon, Summer-Onset SAD does affect some people, with symptoms opposite to those in the winter; sufferers can experience weight loss, insomnia, loss of appetite, and agitation at this time of year. Summer-Onset SAD is not as widely recognised as the winter form of the syndrome, but it is something that does exist, and people should be aware of it.

Mental Health Risks (Such As SAD And Depression) For Workers Deprived Of Natural Light

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle

Getting to work before sunrise and leaving after sunset during winter months can lead to serious mental health problems, a charity has warned. Goin...

How Does the Winter Affect Dating Habits?

Brett Harding | Posted 15.02.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Brett Harding

When we questioned our members about their dating habits during the winter months, 16% of women revealed that they would rather snuggle up the sofa...

Night Owl V Morning Lark: Which One Is Better?

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 26.11.2013 | UK Lifestyle

While there has been much said about the required hours of sleep needed to function and have a healthy immune system, not a great deal has been known ...

Stressed? Depressed? Try Some Deep Rest!

Jayne Morris | Posted 06.11.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Jayne Morris

Many scientists believe that the experience of depression is compounded during the winter months due to the lack of light. Shorter daylight hours cause chemical changes in the body that stimulate the production of the sleep hormone melatonin. This affects some people more than others.