Beating The Winter Blues: How To Tackle SAD

Beating The Winter Blues: How To Tackle SAD

As humans we have a few basic needs and in winter some of those are in short supply; think daylight, Vitamin D and warmth. It’s no surprise then that roughly seven per cent of the population suffers with Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), where one’s mood and outlook can feel a little bit bleak.

The good news is that it’s completely normal to get a case of the winter blues, and the better news is that there are several ways to help keep you looking and feeling chipper.

Feeling lethargic?

If you’re lethargic and feeling a little bit ‘what’s the point’ then it might be worth thinking about popping a St John’s Wort with your multivitamin. The natural plant based remedy is sometimes used as a mild anti-depressant because its active therapeutic ingredient hypericin is thought to elevate serotonin and dopamine levels – the chemicals that make you feel good – and reduce the adrenal activity associated with stress. Why not try: Karma Mood St Johns Wort, £6.69 at Holland & Barrett (Remember, St Johns Wort should not be taken alongside other anti-depressant medication and oral contraceptive pills).

For a dopamine boost…

Here’s a useful fact: the areas of the brain that are filled with dopamine during sex are also filled with the very same chemical if you indulge in a bit of shopping, exercise or just treating yourself. A regular hit of dopamine in those all important cerebral pleasure centres could actually be it’s own kind of therapy during winter. An easy way to make sure you’re guaranteed a ‘natural high’ every month? Subscribe to GLOSSYBOX, from £10-a-month right now!

A boost in vitamin D

A lack of vitamin D can cause low moods, and as sunlight encourages our bodies to absorb vitamin D, the lack of daylight hours in the winter months can lead to an inevitable grump. You can change all of that by cheating some extra daylight into your day. A Lumie light helps to regulate your sleep/wake cycle, which has been proven to boost energy levels and improve one’s mood. Why not try the Lumie Bodyclock Starter 30 Wake Up to Daylight Light, £55.

A healthy meal, delivered to your door

When you leave the house before it’s light and definitely don’t get home until after dark, it’s tempting to fall face-first into a pile of carbs to make everything better. Unless you’re a hibernating bear this isn’t going to do you any service come spring, so try to keep your food on the healthy side. Make it easier on yourself by getting the professionals to do the hard part for you with a food delivery service such as Hello Fresh, who’ll deliver the healthy meals directly to your kitchen.

A good night’s sleep

Who doesn’t love an afternoon nap or a lazy lie-in? But in winter when those blues begin to creep up on you good quality sleep is even more important. If you’re struggling to doze off in the evening or find yourself waking up at 2am with a busy mind, then try the This Works Deep Sleep Pillow Spray, £18. A combination of natural lavender, vetiver and wild camomile combine to lull you into a deep, restful sleep.


Getting your heart rate up is a sure-fire way to boost your mood. Whether it’s HIIT training, a hour-long yoga class or a 30-minute walk, they all come with a guaranteed feel good factor. New gym kit is one of the best motivators – let’s be honest – so make sure yours is at its best and treat yourself to a subscription to Fabletics. If it’ll guarantee Kate Hudson’s disposition (she’s the founder of the brand) then we’ll wear it all day, every day!

Mood-boosting makeup

Winter blues can’t withstand a force-field of bright colours, so rather than fading into the greyness of winter inject some bold, bright and uplifting shades into your makeup bag. There’s no way the cheeky spring hues in the Burberry Kisses Sheer, £25, collection can’t make you smile and the buttery, build-able balm is the perfect quencher for winter-parched lips.

Uplifting scents

Fragrance is a well-known mood enhancer and there’s nothing like the hopeful, fresh and exciting scents of citrus to make you feel like something wonderful is about to happen. It’s also been proven that citrus scents can also put the zest, literally, back into your mood. The Jo Loves Pomelo fragrance, £70 for 50ml, was created from memories of summer holidays and all the trappings that come with sandy beaches and fresh, sea air.

Mindfulness Mondays With GLOSSYBOX

We are dedicated to helping our Glossies focus on being more mindful in January and taking this positive outlook throughout the year.

The word ‘mindfulness’ is increasingly being used in the world of wellness – so much so, that we’re starting to see a cultural shift in the way we think about our lives and how we spend our spare time. And this is precisely why it has quickly become our new favourite buzzword.

This blog marks the start of our 25 week focus on mindfulness. Keep an eye out for our mindfulness Monday posts. 

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Amy Shapiro

Amy Shapiro

Writer and expert