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SAD: How to cope if you're struggling from SAD

Get outside

Even if the weather is a bit dreary, it’s really important to step outside.

Dr Ramlakhan said: “ Exposure to sunlight increases the brain’s release of the happy hormone serotonin.

“In the winter your serotonin levels can dip so try to get outside as much as possible.

“Even just half an hour on your lunch break will make a difference, or kill two birds with one stone and exercise outside; getting as much light as possible will help to reset the body’s circadian rhythm.”

Eat right

Dr Ramlakhan said: “The winter leaves many of us craving starchy carbohydrates and while these are a vital part of any diet, it’s important to strike a balance.

“If you need a snack, fill up on foods like walnuts, bananas and tomatoes; they all help your body to produce serotonin and will lift your mood.

“Diet also plays a significant role in the quality of sleep we have.

“It’s best to avoid having a heavy meal before bedtime.

“If you often wake up in the night feeling hungry then try having a little snack before bedtime. “

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