The term 'depression' always seems extreme and un relatable, especially when we compare our Bondi lives to those far less fortunate- however, sometimes we can feel pretty low...but how low can you really go?
In the winter, symptoms of Seasonal Affective Disorder can include oversleeping, hypersensitivity and weight gain but as things start to heat up it can display itself through weight loss, insomnia, agitation and poor appetite- the opposite ends of the spectrum but neither version pleasant.
And don't get me wrong, we all experience at least one of these symptoms on the regular and now's not the time to self diagnose, but, here's some things daily steps we can all do to help turn a frown upside down.
1. Have a sleep schedule and try and get to bed the same time each night.
2. Don't go on any extreme diets. Cutting out whole food groups can often mean you'll be missing vital nutrients that'll affect your mood, sleep and energy level. Fatty fish, egg yolks and soy milk are high in Vit D which is known to improve your mood so if you're cutting out on something, make sure you're replacing the mutrients elsewhere..
3. Exercise early or late when it's coolest to avoid agitation.
4. See the light. Just 10 minutes a day is enough to help lift your mood and give you a serotonin top up. Apparently, peeps with desks next to a window and offices with greenery are happier so shift your desk and tell your boss its for *health reasons. *don't quote me*
5. Smile at yourself in the mirror. Fake smiles definitely count and yes you will look crazy- but who's not?!
Lastly just remember, if you can't laugh you probably will cry so you might as well give steps 1-5 a try.
Founder Lean Bean Fitness & Lean Bean Retreats
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