The clocks have gone back, the days are getting shorter and winter is drawing in.

Christine L Conroy

Christine L Conroy

For many of you this means the onset of Seasonal Affected Disorder – a type of depression that comes and goes according to the seasons.  Also known as winter depression, it is usually at its most severe during December, January and February. I think we could all benefit from using the special daylight lamps and certainly (with professional guidance) from taking Vitamin D which, in this country we seem to be short of all year round.  If you suffer severely from S.A.D. then you must see your GP, they can help.

Just a little SAD?

Most people I know seem to suffer a little bit from S.A.D. They might experience low moods more often, feel less enthusiastic, and struggle to get out of bed in the mornings. They say things like, ‘I always feel like this at this time of year.  To those people I say – let’s try thinking about it differently this year.

If anybody knows about looooong daaaark winters it is the Scandinavians. In Denmark during the winter they often get as little as four hours daylight. They know how to deal with it.

They make hygge

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