Seasonal Depression (SAD) (cont.)
Prevention of Seasonal Depression
- Spending at least 30 minutes outdoors every day may help prevent seasonal affective disorder (SAD).
- Approaching the season of depression with a positive attitude and planning activities you enjoy may be another example of how to avoid SAD.
- Try to spend time outdoors every day, especially during the months when SAD affects you most. Midday, when the light is strongest, is the best time to be outdoors.
- Physical activities, such as walking, may also help relieve symptoms.
- If taking antidepressant medication, take as directed and do not stop or change your dose without consulting your health care professional.
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