S.A.D.: 3 Ways To Combat Seasonal Affective Disorder This Winter

Female jogging in winter forest wearing warm sporty clothing and gloves. The colder months can be tough for a lot of us. The days are shorter, the weather is worse, and we tend to spend more time indoors. This can lead to seasonal affective disorder (S.A.D.) for some people.

S.A.D. is a type of depression that is related to changes in seasons. It typically starts in the fall and continues into the winter. Symptoms of S.A.D. include fatigue, irritability, cravings for sweets and carbs, and weight gain. If you’re struggling with S.A.D., there are a few things you can do to combat it.

This article will discuss 3 ways to combat seasonal affective disorder this winter.

Get Outside

Another way to combat S.A.D. is to get outside, even when it’s cold. As we said, one of the contributing factors to S.A.D. is a lack of vitamin D. By getting outside and exposing yourself to the sun; you can help increase your vitamin D levels.

It’s also important to get outside for the sake of getting outside. Being in nature has been shown to boost mood and reduce stress. So, even if it’s just for a short walk around the block, getting some fresh air can do wonders for your mental health.

Be Social

One of the hardest things about winter can be the feeling of isolation. When it’s cold and dark outside, it’s easy to want to stay in and curl up on the couch. But this can lead to feelings of loneliness and depression.

Socializing can also help combat this problem. This can mean anything from attending a weekly social event to meeting up with friends for coffee.

If you’re struggling to be social, there are a few things you can do. First, try reaching out to friends and family members. Second, join a club or take a class. This is a great way to meet new people who share your interests.


Exercise is a great way to combat S.A.D. for a few reasons:

  • Helps to boost your mood: This is because exercise releases endorphins, known as “happy hormones.”
  • Makes you sleep better: This is important because people with S.A.D. often have trouble sleeping. By exercising, you can improve your sleep quality and duration.
  • Ensures you lose weight: This is especially important if you feel down about your body. Exercise can help you to reach your fitness goals and give you a sense of accomplishment. 

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Philip Rabito, MD

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