How Can I Cope With SAD?


As the seasons change, many individuals find themselves grappling with Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). It’s a condition that can cast a shadow on...

As the seasons change, many individuals find themselves grappling with Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). It’s a condition that can cast a shadow on their lives, affecting mental health and well-being. We understand the impact of SAD and are here to offer some valuable tips to help you break the cycle and embrace brighter days.



1.Light Therapy

Light therapy, often called phototherapy, mimics natural sunlight and can help regulate your body’s internal clock. It’s a cornerstone of SAD treatment. Consider using a light therapy box under the guidance of a healthcare professional. Exposure to this bright light can help improve mood and reset your circadian rhythm.


2. Stay Active

Physical activity has numerous mental health benefits, including combating SAD. Regular exercise boosts the release of mood-enhancing neurotransmitters like serotonin. Aim for at least 30 minutes of moderate exercise most days of the week, even if it’s just a brisk walk in natural light.


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3. Healthy Eating

A well-balanced diet can do wonders for your mood. Focus on foods rich in nutrients, especially those that support brain health, such as omega-3 fatty acids found in fatty fish like salmon and walnuts. Avoid excessive caffeine and sugar, which can exacerbate mood swings.


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4. Mindfulness and meditation

Mindfulness practices, including meditation and deep breathing exercises, can help manage SAD symptoms. These techniques promote relaxation, reduce stress, and improve emotional well-being. Incorporate them into your daily routine for the best results.


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5. Set Goals

SAD can make you feel overwhelmed and less motivated. Break down your goals into smaller, achievable steps. Celebrate your accomplishments along the way. This will give you a sense of purpose and accomplishment.


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Remember, SAD is a mental health challenge, and it’s okay to seek help and take care of yourself. Practice self-compassion and acknowledge that you are doing your best in difficult circumstances.


If you would like to enquire about mental health care at Cardinal Clinic, you can call us on 01753 869755. Alternatively, if you wish to refer yourself for mental health care, you can complete our self referral form.

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1 in 4 people in England need mental health support*

We’re here to ensure you do not have to face it alone.

If you feel like you need professional help, we’re a private mental health hospital in Windsor with nurses on hand 24 hours a day who provide expert clinical treatment.

You can call Cardinal Clinic on 01753 869755 for confidential help and advice or send us an enquiry.

*McManus, S., Meltzer, H., Brugha, T. S., Bebbington, P. E., & Jenkins, R. (2009). Adult psychiatric morbidity in England, 2007: results of a household survey.

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