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Have you been feeling blue lately? It could be the result of of seasonal affective disorder — also known as SAD.
According to the Mayo Clinic, “SAD is a type of depression that's related to changes in seasons — SAD begins and ends at about the same times every year. If you're like most people with SAD, your symptoms start in the fall and continue into the winter months, sapping your energy and making you feel moody.”
It can be tough to keep your mood even and your motivation up during this time, but thankfully there are some products that can help alleviate the symptoms of SAD. Below, we’ve rounded up several.
Waking up while it’s still dark outside can be a major bummer, but this product can definitely help. Inspired by the naturally brightening light of the sunrise, this Wake-up Light gradually increases in brightness over a 30-minute period before your wakeup time, growing more intense until your room is filled with bright yellow light. This process of changing and increasing light stimulates your body to wake up naturally and comfortably.
SHOP IT: Amazon, $70
This journal is designed to help you reflect on the things you have, the people in your life, and different life circumstances and help you understand that there's beauty in everything - it's all about how you look at it. Reminding yourself of the good things in your life can help alleviate the bad feelings.
SHOP IT: Indigo, $30
If you’re having trouble staying motivated, a smartwatch can help you stay on track. From hourly reminders to get moving to step counters and sleep trackers, this lightweight and comfortable, the Galaxy Watch Active pairs perfectly with your smartphone so you can keep track of your daily stats.
SHOP IT: The Bay, $300
This silly little guy is sure to make you smile - and using some upbeat scents like peppermint or lemon may give you an energy kick if you’re feeling down.
SHOP IT: Anthropologie, $82
One of the most popular forms of treatment for SAD is light therapy. The new Day-Light Classic Plus emits the maximum dose of 10,000 LUX of glare-free white light at 12-14 inches to brighten up your day and mimic natural sunlight. Height and angle are easily adjusted and the pedestal stand projects light downward as recommended by experts.
SHOP IT: Amazon, $145
Improve your sleep with this cotton weighted blanket that reduces chronic stress and high levels of anxiety.
SHOP IT: The Bay, $125 (originally $210)
Scheduling can get hectic as we approach the holiday season, but having everything written down in a weekly format can help you plan and organize so that you don’t feel overwhelmed.
SHOP IT: Indigo, $15
Omega-3 fatty acids like this found in walnuts and salmon have tons of health benefits, which can include influencing your mood for the better. Stock up on this easy and healthy snack to get those nutrients in!
SHOP IT: Amazon, $10
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