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How to Cope With SAD and Depression : 10 Top Tips

The holiday season is a time to be merry. Right? For some, however, it is quite the opposite. Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), a form of depression experienced during particular seasons and a recognised mental health disorder, is out in force during the winter months.

Give our 10 top tips for coping with SAD and depression a try and lets make the holiday season a time to be merry again.

1. Remember, you’re not alone

Seasonal Affective Disorder affects millions of us, all across the UK and Europe. It's easy to think that you're just feeling “winter blues”, but SAD is real and it is treatable. There really is no reason to feel ashamed of not being okay and using the right techniques and treatments, your mood can improve and you can learn to cope.

2. Start with a happy tummy

The symptoms of SAD can be fought by eating simple carbs, protein and vitamins D and B12. Yes, you read that correctly: Pasta and potatoes can combat depression! Now you have even more reason to eat those tasty carbs. Just don't forget your fruits and vegetables.

Some of us might suffer from low appetite due to SAD, leading to low energy levels. Make sure to eat regularly and that you eat balanced meals, this will give you the energy required to make it through the day.

3. Take a walk

The body and mind are closely linked and having a healthy body can help keep mental health issues at bay, including SAD. Something as simple as taking a walk for an hour each day can make a big difference