Taking Care Of Myself During the Autumn Months

Sunday, 17 September 2017

I came to terms with the fact that I have SAD around two years ago; although I have memories of experiencing it for the past five years. Since then I have seen countless bloggers confess that they too suffer from the illness... which is a bit ironic, since Autumn is known as the 'favourite' season in the blogosphere.

Seasonal Affective Disorder affects everyone differently, every year. I have never had the same experience two years in a row. 2015 was the hardest year I've ever had, whereas last year I only had a few scattered really bad days. 

It's hard, because I don't know what to expect.

I don't want to leave it to chance, so this year I decided to do everything in my power to make this coming season as comfortable as possible. I've never tried any of these things before, and they are 100% just ideas and not medically approved or anything... but I'm hoping they'll help a little bit.

Brighter Light Bulbs
I have been told over and over again that I should buy myself an SAD Light Box... I don't know about you, but I don't exactly have £50 lying around waiting to be spent on a light-up box. Instead of splashing out on that, I'm going to replace my lamps with brighter (energy saving) light bulbs, which will hopefully brighten up my room in the coming months.

Get a Big Ol' Plant
Back in my family home, we have a big Yucca plant in the living room. My Mum always said that having plants in her house lifted her spirits, and I want to put this to the test.

Cosy and Warm
I've been told before that I am generally in a better mood when I'm warm... and between hot food and drinks, cosy blankets and warm clothes, I should be able to avoid the cold as much as possible, without too much difficulty.

Keep In Touch
Although I had a relatively good season last year, I found myself struggling to keep up with all my friends and family. I love them all- but most days I just "couldn't be bothered". It became a bit of a chore to reply to texts/messages, or keep a conversation going. Yet, the encounters I had with my friends re-energized me, and helped me get through some of the toughest days.

Do you suffer from SAD? How do you cope?

Adios, xo

1 comment:

  1. I haven't come across anyone with SAD before but i wish i had helpful ideas to lend. I hope you find comfort in all of these ideas.


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