Have you ever felt sad or ‘down’ during the winter months? Has the absence of sunlight ever made you feel gloomy and uninterested in everything around you? If you answered yes to both of those questions, what you’re experiencing could be SAD.

Seasonal Affective Disorder, or SAD, is the proper term for what most people already know as ‘the winter blues.’

Seasonal affective disorder is pretty common, and in most cases, isn’t serious, with the symptoms resolving themselves as the summer months approach.

But if your gloomy episode is a lot more intense and has lasted for a long time, it’s advisable to get checked by a licensed professional and seek the necessary treatment to overcome it.

If you’re experiencing SAD right now, here are some ways to manage it.

Don’t Skip Out On Physical Exercise

Physical exercise encourages the brain to release a set of chemicals called endorphins. These chemicals manage stress and anxiety, boost self-esteem, and relieve pain, to name a few benefits.

They also help you sleep better and replenish energy levels, helping you cope with those feelings of doom and gloom better so you can get through your day productively.

Sign Up For Community Work Or Social Activities

Even though you may feel the need to retire into a corner and turn into a recluse, this will only aggravate and intensify the feeling.

To counter the negative feelings, engage in feel-good activities like community or social work. Happiness is contagious, as they say.

To prevent yourself from giving in to the spiral of negative thoughts, it’s important to surround yourself with close friends, family, and feelings of positivity.

Practice Mindfulness Meditation

The mind thinks an average of 60,000 to 80,000 thousand thoughts per day. But a problem arises when we let each of these thoughts affect us happens emotionally. This happens when there’s active reciprocal participation on our part.

Mindfulness meditation helps people acknowledge and become aware of their thoughts without judging them or reciprocating a feeling toward them.

Continual practice teaches you to be more in control of your thoughts, and to not let them directly affect you.

Every Once In A While, Give Yourself A Self-Care Break

Sometimes, all you need is a little time to process your emotions, thoughts, and feelings.

So the next time the opportunity to take a day off presents itself, don’t feel guilty about sleeping in. It’s important to dedicate some time to yourself every once in a while.

Use The NIKU App For Self Improvement And Growth

Instead of focusing on sadness and feelings of doom and gloom, a good way to invest your time and make a significant improvement in the quality of your day is to focus on self growth.

The NIKU app can help you get started on your journey of personal growth and self-improvement.

The app utilizes principles of neuropsychology and functions as an online psychological counselor or a life coach to help you pinpoint potential areas of improvement and work on them at your own pace. This leads to long-term mental and emotional stability.

To download NIKU, visit the Apple App Store or the Google Play Store.