Exercise Effective for People with SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder)
Throughout my life, I’ve battled bouts of depression, some more severe than others. One of the worst times for me is the winter months when the sunlight goes away and holiday stress emerges. Exercise has often helped pull me through those dark times. Being overweight and out-of-shape only exacerbates the problem for some people. The Mayo Clinic (Mayoclinic.com) offers these tips for people like me who suffer depression and seasonal affective disorder.
If your seasonal depression symptoms are severe, you may need medications, light therapy or other treatments to manage seasonal affective disorder. However, there are some measures you can take on your own that may help. Try the following:
- Make your environment sunnier and brighter. Open blinds, trim tree branches that block sunlight or add skylights to your home. Sit closer to bright windows while at home or in the office.
- Get outside. Take a long walk, eat lunch at a nearby park, or simply sit on a bench and soak up the sun. Even on cold or cloudy days, outdoor light can help — especially if you spend some time outside within two hours of getting up in the morning.
- Exercise regularly. Physical exercise helps relieve stress and anxiety, both of which can increase seasonal affective disorder symptoms. Being more fit can make you feel better about yourself, too, which can lift your mood.
FitCamp is a very positive and motivational exercise environment that can help you start your day with a great workout to help keep your mood elevated the entire day. I invite you to join us!
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