Living in the Light
In these shorter Fall/Autumn days, with limited natural sunlight, Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) affects millions of women as well as some men and children. If you notice yourself experiencing decreased energy, sweets cravings, a need for more sleep, weight gain or unusual mood changes, take note of your surroundings, habits and food choices during this time of year.
Fall/Autumn ushers in several holidays creating a smorgasbord of fun foods. These foods, usually high in calories, sugars and fats, tempt your cravings and can add extra pounds, all of which may contribute to SAD. Cooler temperatures may bring an end to outdoor exercise programs. Also, many women work in offices with no windows for natural light. Those who tend to be negatively affected by these Fall/Autumn-induced conditions would be wise to take action steps to prevent increased symptoms.
Some simple suggestions that may help chase the SAD blues away include taking a lunch break nature walk, opening windows at home or work to let natural light shine in, maintaining a balanced natural foods diet, getting regular exercise and maintaining your sleep routine. Take a break and spend time with friends and loved ones in a relaxing, enjoyable atmosphere. Fall/Autumn offers many beautiful and bountiful surprises that can help you manage your SAD symptoms—don’t miss them. As always, if you feel severely affected, consult your wellness provider.
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