Winter Wellness for Beating SAD

Beating SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder) can be something of a challenge, but it is becoming more common. SAD is recognised as a type of depression that happens when there is little sunlight and shorter days. From getting outside to looking after yourself, here are some tips.

Keep in Touch with Others

Psychologists and healthcare professionals have gone on for decades about how important it is to stay in touch with other people. Social connection is a vital component of survival just after food, water and shelter, according to some experts. Services like Social Care People can help you find jobs that require you to connect and be around others if that is what you need. However, a quick call, text and video chat with loved ones and friends will help pick you up.

Get Out and Stay Fit

One of the main factors with SAD that causes depression is a lack of sunlight. Therefore, it makes sense to get outside more to feel the natural light on your face. This also helps your body produce more vital vitamin D, which you may be lacking if you stay inside too much. There are also mental health benefits of being around nature. Further, you can take the time to get some exercise while you are outside, such as taking a brisk walk, jogging or playing with your dog.

Beating SAD with a Sunrise Lamp

SAD is a worldwide problem and affects people from all countries and all walks of life. In the UK alone, around 2 million people experience SAD each year, beginning in autumn through winter until spring. Of course, you can’t control the sun, but many people have gotten help from sunrise lamps. These can be set to mimic the rising of the sun to help you feel better in the morning. Some are accurate to the sun’s positions, and others even warm up as the sun rises.

Don’t Neglect Self-Care

Looking after yourself is vital at any time, no matter what you are going through. Even a shower does wonders for making you feel better about the day and helps relax both the body and the mind. Personal hygiene also extends to your teeth, intimate areas and gender-related issues such as your period. Leaving these issues and neglecting yourself will cause feelings of depression, stress and anxiety to multiply to the point where you will need professional help.

Make Your Home as Cosy as You Can

From late autumn to early spring, we need to make our homes cosy. With energy prices through the roof, this isn’t as easy today as it once was. But cosiness doesn’t just mean staying warm; there are other things you can do. Personal comfort, such as cushions and blankets, is valuable. You can also snuggle up with the dog, which also acts as a heating device! And even the lighting of your home, such as using candles, will help you feel more relaxed and at ease.


Staying in touch with friends, family, and colleagues can help beat SAD. Sunrise lamps are also a valuable tool, and making your home cosy will help relax your body and mind on bad days.

Eve Crabtree

Eve Crabtree is a journalist with a passion for interior design. She keeps up to date with the latest trends in the interior industry and regularly tests her hand at crafting and redecorating during her spare time.