In the northern hemisphere we are fast approaching the shortest day of the year. This means we have a year 6/7 hours of day light. The result of which is that many people suffer from 'Seasonal Affected Disorder' (SAD). Simply put a form of depression. Short of jumping on a plane (COVID allowing!) and visiting our Southern Hemisphere friends what can we do to prevent this often debilitating disease.
1. Exercise - unsurprisingly!! However I know how hard it is to drag yourself out a warm house and into the cold. Tips I draw on are: a) arrange to meet a friend to train with. You will think twice about letting them down! b) Keep sessions shorter. Muscles, joints are never as nimble in the cold so there is no need to push it. There is a reason why professional athletes take at least 3 weeks off at this time of year.... or head south! c) reward yourself.... not with chocolate! Book that massage, your body and mind will thank you for it! d) Jumping into a warm shower / bath after a training session in the winter feels AWESOME!! Don't forget that when its 0 degrees and sleet!
2. Get lots of good sleep
3. Look into Light Therapy
4. Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) is a popular choice if you are really feeling the effects of SAD.
5. Eat good nutritious food and take vitamin D. My Mum swears by eating warm foods in the winter...... the nutritionists amongst you can let me know if its an old wives tale!
Southern Hemisphere's enjoy the sun. Make the most of it!