SAD in the Winter

As the season’s change, I prepare for winter as I am affected by low light levels called SAD alongside my bipolar disorder. I get my sunshine lamp ready, make sure my windows are as clean as possible to let in all the light, and change my posters and prints from the Posterstore to imbue my room with the sun.

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Usually, the pictures on my walls are of the moon, but in wintertime, I add sun posters so that when I walk into my living room, I have a deep blue backdrop with the sun in a myriad of forms.

This all goes to help me with my seasonal affective disorder known as SAD. On top of my bipolar and the effects of depression and the highs of hypomania, I have to deal with seasonal changes. Even going from dark to light, as in the summertime, can affect my mood.

Who Gets Affected By SAD?

dandelions and the sun
Dandelions on the backdrop of the sun, my favourite poster.

It is a known fact that seasonal affective disorder affects about 5% of the population in the northern hemisphere. That is quite a lot of people who experience depression in the winter months.

I have learned over the years to try and combat this before the light levels get too low. As I’ve already mentioned the percentage of people who can suffer from this, it goes without saying many people need to get their homes and mind ready for when the change in season occurs. The poster store I use are from Scandinavia, and the prints they supply really help me as they are beautiful, and I can afford them as I’m on a meagre budget.

It also seems that four times as many women are affected by SAD as men, which begs the question, is it also hormonal? You are less likely to get it if you are under twenty, and of course, the further north you go, the more chance you have of experiencing seasonal affective disorder.

What Are The Symptoms?

These are the symptoms of seasonal affective disorder (SAD)

  • Feeling low and finding activities, you used to enjoy no longer bring pleasure
  • The feeling of hopelessness and futility of everything
  • Difficulty with concentrating
  • You may have low energy levels and feel lethargic all the time
  • Indecisiveness can be a problem
  • Having trouble waking up in the morning
  • You may find you are sleeping a lot more than usual
  • Your appetite may increase, and you crave carbohydrates, which then may make you gain weight.
  • Loss of libido
  • You may become less sociable due to mood changes and lethargy
  • Anxious thoughts and feelings may also play a part

What Can Be Done About It

pictures of the sun for sad in the winter
Apologies for the reflections, I’m not very good at taking pictures

Like I said before, I use a sunshine lamp, I actually bought it off of eBay for about twenty pounds, and it is worth its weight in gold. I plug it in and sit for thirty minutes in front of it in the mornings.

I also visit the poster store to see what new sun prints they have; I tend to visit on a Tuesday as that is when they get their new stock in. Plus, I know when I am buying from them, it helps the environment as everything is sustainably managed.

Of course, I also speak to my doctor and typically, my medication of antidepressants is increased to a higher level to combat SAD. I also ask for tests to be run on my vitamin levels as my vitamin D can drop like a stone during the winter months. I also have my iron levels checked.

In my supplements box, I have vitamin D and iron tablets, along with fish oil capsules, and I also use CBD oil for when the depression is terrible, which lifts my spirits.

As I said, I rearrange all my posters as I want to walk into my living room and see a bright sunny outlook. I have three sun prints lined up along the long wall of my living room, and I can look at them and imagine warmer days.

I also attend therapy sessions, I’m part of a bipolar support group. Although everything is done by phone these days, I still attend my appointments with my therapist and talk about my problems and how I am doing.

Other Self Help

Make sure you spend a lot of time outdoors in the sunnier weather; if you work in an office or factory, try and make sure you go outside in your lunch breaks and take a brisk walk, hopefully in the sunshine.

I also put music on, an upbeat tune and start dancing; even if I don’t feel like it, the movement helps re-energise my body. Sometimes I have no energy whatsoever, and I just sway to the music, but every little bit helps, and it helps fight off the carbs that I may have overindulged in.

Work out near a window; hopefully, it will be sunny, but if it is not, put your sunshine lamp on, look at your sun posters when you dance or move your body. All of these ideas can help you work towards improving your mental health.

In Summary

Choosing to get your home and mind in order before seasonal affective depression hits are of paramount importance; if there is one thing you take away from this article, it is the importance of simulating sunshine, from posters to vitamin D.

I wish you all the best for the coming winter season.

Here is a discount code should you be interested in buying posters for your home:

Code: MENTRIZ55

55% on all posters (except Selection Posters and frames)

Not combinable with other discount campaigns. Valid from 22nd to 29th of November.

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Lou Farrell

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