Stop Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) Before it Starts

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Don’t let seasonal affective disorder disrupt your life. Recognize and prevent SAD symptoms before they hit. Learn how on HealthyPlace

Stop Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) Before it Starts

This is the time of year when seasonal affective disorder, or SAD, begins to insidiously slip in. So now is the best time to stop SAD before it fully starts (Ways to Prepare for Winter Depression).

The first step in stopping seasonal affective disorder is to know the signs of SAD. Among the most disruptive:

  • Fatigue, lack of energy and drive
  • Extended periods of sadness
  • Irritability
  • Difficulty sleeping

Even before you begin to notice the signs of SAD, you can do things that could reduce their severity or prevent them altogether.

  • Develop, and keep, a soothing sleep routine that involves a regular bedtime.
  • Create a consistent exercise routine. Like sleep, exercise positively impacts the brain and mental health.
  • Compile a list of things you enjoy doing that lift your mood. When SAD strikes, it's hard to think of anything positive or motivating, so having a pre-made list will help you get moving despite SAD.

Taking preventative action can drastically reduce the effects of SAD on your life this winter.

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APA Reference
Peterson, T. (2016, November 1). Stop Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) Before it Starts, HealthyPlace. Retrieved on 2024, June 17 from

Last Updated: May 8, 2017

Medically reviewed by Harry Croft, MD

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