From boosted mood, to improved sleep, to more impetus to be outdoors and socialise, longer daylight can have a variety of direct and indirect benefits on our wellbeing.
Colder weather and less daylight may have you feeling a bit more down lately.
One in three people struggle throughout the winter months with seasonal affective disorder.
Exercise improves physical health, immunity, and can reduce fatigue.
Exercise can improve mood and mental health, which may drop during the winter months.
The amount of light your eyes can process might be one of the reasons why some people are more likely to experience SAD.
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One study found that people with brown eyes were more susceptible to the disorder.
Antidepressants bring in almost $17 billion a year for the pharmaceutical industry, and yet science shows their benefit to be small. Natural therapies such as diet, exercise, light therapy and cognitive behavioural therapy are just as effective.
These four “natural” therapies for depression have rigorous, peer-reviewed scientific studies to support their use.
Thinking ability declines with age in those with dementia.
Have you noticed your thinking ability drops during winter and spring? A new study of healthy adults and dementia patients found cognitive function declines in the colder months.
Even Santa can get worn out, which can lead to getting the blues.
Have you ever felt more like singing the blues during the holidays than “Deck the Halls”? You’re not alone. Two psychiatrists explain why people feel blue during this time and share tips for how to take care.
Cheer up, it’ll be dark soon.
SAD has entered popular mythology, but that doesn’t make it real.
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It might be that teaching people to reframe their thoughts about winter can help them overcome seasonal affective disorder year after year.
Don’t blame it on the snow.
It’s that time of year again - the end of daylight savings and the beginning of the dark season. While many of us look forward to seasonal festivities, millions can also expect feelings of depression…