“Father, make of me a crisis man. Bring those I contact to decision. Let me not be a milepost on a single road;
make me a fork
, that men must turn one way or another on facing Christ in me.” - Jim Elliot

Monday, January 7, 2013

25 Ways To Overcome Seasonal Affective Disorder

Don't forget tactile.

A couple of weeks ago, I posted tips on Facebook and Twitter on how I try to overcome Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD).  Some of these tips are useful for depression in general.  I thought it might be helpful to compile a list.  What tips work for you? 

25 Ways To Overcome Seasonal Affective Disorder

  1. Don't isolate yourself.
  2. Find others who suffer with SAD and brainstorm what works for you.
  3. Create routine. Get out of bed at the same time each morning. Set an alarm. 
  4. Why is routine important? SAD can cause lack of focus. Sweetened my oatmeal instead of coffee.
  5. Apply what you have learned. Alarm went off half hour early. Got out of bed anyway.
  6. Go to church even if you don't feel like it. Even if you sneak in and out of service and sit in the back.
  7. Challenge your brain. Keep your mind active. Play a game like Scrabble or Sudoku.
  8. Be grateful for the little things. ALMOST started coffee without a mug. ALMOST. 
  9. Rest on the truth "The Lord God is our SUN" - He hears our prayers.
  10. Don't forget tactile. Touch is important. I find mugs with texture for my morning coffee.
  11. My favorite candle scent is cinnamon stick. Arouse all your senses. Especially scent.
  12. Think citrus. The scent and flavor of citrus are helpful in keeping your senses heightened.
  13. Surround yourself with BRIGHT COLORS! Why do you think I wear NEON pink so much?
  14. What are you listening to? If music doesn't help try an uplifting podcast or audio book.
  15. Check your self-talk.
  16. Eat more fruit and vegetables. Eat regular meals throughout the day. Chocolate is considered a meal.
  17. Eat breakfast as soon as you wake-up. It kick starts your metabolism which combats melatonin production.
  18. Spicy food can trigger the brain to release endorphins. I am not into spicy food, but it is worth a try!
  19. If you suffer with SAD, a "happy" light can make a difference. Use it as early in the morning as possible.
  20. Turn on the lights. Turn on ALL the lights. Find the brightest bulbs. Even before you get out of bed. 
  21. Do you have a lovingly handmade scarf? Wear it and know that you are being hugged!
  22. Do you have a favorite piece of jewelry? Wear it today and think of the giver. 
  23. If the holidays are stressful, do the holidays differently.
  24. Find motivation to exercise. Just move. Train to walk a half marathon.
  25. Be proactive. Don't allow yourself to sink deeper into SAD before you do something about it. Start now!

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