The winter months can affect us all. Itâ€™s cold, dark, and â€“ letâ€™s be honest â€“ a little bit depressing, no matter how happy and cheery we normally are.
But the gloom of winter affects some more than others, with an estimated 20,000 people in the UK suffering from Seasonal Affective Disorder, or SAD, a rather appropriate acronym.
Itâ€™s sometimes referred to as the winter blues but no matter what moniker you give it, the period between September and April is generally associated as the time when depression, mood swings and low energy levels ensure SAD is at its highest.
However, there are ways you can perk up your mood and feel better about yourself. So donâ€™t let the shorter days and darker nights get you down â€“ here are a few tried and tested, all-natural tips guaranteed to slay any impending depression and boost your spirits.
1. Light Therapy
Reduced exposure to natural light has been known to cause a chemical imbalance in the brain which can leave us feeling depressed, fatigued and irritable. One effective solution has been to invest in a seasonal light box to put at the side of your bed â€“ this mimics the sun rising earlier than is normal in winter.