Dr Mark Rowe: How to beat those Winter Blues

Many people feel sluggish, tired, and even a little more down during the winter months. If this is you, you may be suffering from Winter Blues, which is also known as SAD Syndrome or Seasonal Affective Disorder. This is a common problem, and it manifests in many different ways and with varying levels of severity.

Today, I talk about the Winter Blues. I explain what it is, share some statistics on it, and list its symptoms. I share some lifestyle changes you can make to counteract the effects of winter. I note the need for natural daylight, I share some guidance for a healthy diet, and I stress the power of exercise. I note the power of focusing on others and I emphasise the importance of self-care.

“If you can get a talk-and-walk meeting going–I call it twalking– that has significant benefits, because the outdoor light is always stronger, brighter, and simply so much better for you than indoor, artificial light.”

– Dr. Mark Rowe

This week on In the Doctor’s Chair

  • What is SAD Syndrome?
  • Lifestyle changes to help you counteract the negative effects of winter
  • The need for natural daylight
  • The power of exercise
  • The power of focusing on others
  • The need for self-care