My biggest fear when I found out we were moving to the northeast was that I would have awful seasonal affective disorder (SAD). I spent several weeks googling and reading everything I could find on how to avoid or treat SAD. However, I could never find anything that seemed like a guided plan that I could follow. My philosophy is that preventative medicine is the best medicine, so I really want to do everything I can to support my emotional and physical health before fall and winter really kick into gear. If anything, the new habits I’m planning to incorporate will at least make me a bit healthier than I currently am.
As fall has started up, and I’ve heard winter usually follows it, I’ve decided to create my own personal plan to do my best to avoid seasonal affective disorder. My background is in public health and I work in research, so if there’s one thing I know how to do, it’s how to write a comprehensive program plan. For the next few months, I’ll be taking myself through my own little program to try to avoid seasonal affective disorder. I hope you’ll follow along!
Disclaimer, I am not a doctor, dietician, or any sort of medically credentialed professional. Everything I’m sharing is what I’m doing for myself, and should not be taken as medical advice.
The first thing I’ve decided to do is to read The Little Book of Hygge.
The Danish are widely regarded to be the happiest people on earth, despite enduring some of the most brutal, dark, cold winters. In part, this has been credited to their embrace of hygge a concept that emphasizes enjoying the simple things in life and spending time with those you care about. I’ve often seen this paired with “coziness,” which happens to be one of my favorite feelings.
I’ve gone down a rabbit hole of hygge articles, blog posts, Youtube videos, and the like to figure out how to embrace (embody? interject?) hygge in my day-to-day life. After a good bit of internet research, I’ve come to the conclusion that the first step incorporating hygge must be to read the book The Little Book of Hygge.
Do you do anything to avoid SAD in the colder months? Please share all your tips with me!
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