Seasonal affective disorder (SAD) is a mood disorder characterized by depressive tendencies in certain seasons of the year. Most people with SAD have a typical, cyclical pattern whereby they get depressed in the same period every year; generally, the symptoms begin appearing at the onset of winter or in early summer. Though there are several types of clinical treatment, including phototherapy, psychological intervention, and medication, that can help curb the symptoms; lifestyle modification may also help. Here is a list of 10 lifestyle methods to adopt when coping with seasonal affective disorder.
During winter, we are generally less exposed to natural light, both because sunlight is dim and we don't go out as much due to the cold. This affects our body's level of serotonin, a hormone responsible for keeping us awake and active. People suffering from SAD should spend as much time as possible outdoors in natural light to keep serotonin levels high.
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