How To Achieve Good Mental Health At This Time Of Year
Dorset Magazine|January 2020
Dr Alison Gardiner explains how to achieve good mental health at this time of year

The New Year should be a time filled with hope as we plan for the future, but it is common for many to experience the ‘January blues’. But what is the difference between the January blues and Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)? And are there any remedies to help improve your mood at this time of year?

January blues are often situational, lasting a few weeks, and associated with the way we think and feel about a situation. For instance it could be the winter weather, returning to work after a holiday, a significant life event or worry over finances. If you experience an exaggerated form of the blues, lasting a few months, which is hindering your ability to enjoy life – from work to relationships - you may be experiencing Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD).

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