Lifting Your Mood With Sunshine

The sun has finally come out, and with that, many of us have got smiles on our faces. We can go out after months of darkness and finally appreciate the light. There is a clear link between sunshine and our moods. However, this is even more apparent for the many people in the UK who suffer from Seasonal Affective Disorder. This is a genuine condition for about 3% of the population. The NHS lists the symptoms of SAD as:

  • a persistent low mood
  • a loss of pleasure or interest in normal everyday activities
  • irritability
  • feelings of despair, guilt and worthlessness
  • feeling lethargic (lacking in energy) and sleepy during the day
  • sleeping for longer than normal and finding it hard to get up in the morning
  • craving carbohydrates¬†and gaining weight

Further information about SAD can be found on the NHS website and also on MIND’s website:

http://www.mind.org.uk/information-support/types-of-mental-health-problems/seasonal-affective-disorder/about-sad/?o=9111#.V1W70PkgvIU

So how can we combat SAD? Exposing ourselves to more light in the winter months by venturing outside can help, as can exercising. You may also find that purchasing a light box is a good idea, such as this one which Amazon sells:

https://www.amazon.co.uk/LIGHT-THERAPY-DAYLIGHT-SUNLIGHT-LAMP/dp/B0011D3606/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1465236640&sr=8-3&keywords=sad+light+therapy+box

Finally, let’s all remember to enjoy the sunshine while it lasts. Go outside, smile, paint your nails in bright summery colours, wear your sandals, laugh and live.

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Leighton Denny Fabulous Fuchsia Nail Polish

 

Sandals

La Redoute Diamante Sandals

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