I know from my own experience and from the reports I receive from clients that one of the challenges of seasonal affective disorder, or SAD, is that we generally don’t remember it from winter to winter. Last winter may be the exception here in Puget Sound, since for many SAD was more profound and memorable  – winter seemed to last until Labor Day!

Typically with SAD, “You likely can’t remember well about how it affected you. Maybe you had trouble concentrating most of the time,” said Erin E. Michalak, a psychiatry researcher at the University of British Columbia, during a talk she gave in Vancouver, B.C., this past summer for a meeting of the Society for Light Treatment and Biological Rhythms.

“What you can do this year is keep a seasonal chart of your symptoms.”

Michalak said a chart of symptoms can help you self-manage any downturn in your mood as our days shorten dramatically in the next six weeks. Just what we need to go along with an economic roller-coaster ride: winter depression.

Michalak said the first signs of SAD are not mood changes. Feeling like you want to sleep more is one of the earliest signs, along with decreased energy levels. Next, “your appetite increases and you might put on some weight,” said Michalak. Then your moods start to shade toward dreary.

“The best thing you can do is be clear about your seasonal history,” said Michalak. “Make a list of all of the symptoms of your depression, then sort them into early, middle and late symptoms.”

That way, you can be proactive about how SAD comes on this winter. Self-awareness can help you keep things more on an even keel. With this awareness you can take active action steps to off-set SAD.

Things that you can do:

  1. Eat clean – lots of green leafy as well as blue and purple vegetables and fruit Eat whole grains, beans and legumes.
  2. Drink lots of water.
  3. Avoid greasy fats like dairy, french fries and beef.
  4. No processed foods.
  5. Exercise – make sure that you get cardio activity each day.
  6. Use self hypnosis and create sunshine within you!

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