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Seasonal Affective Disorder or S.A.D is a type of recurrent depressive disorder in which the
depressive episode occurs during the same season each year, usually during the autumn
The symptoms of depression are said to affect as many as one in six persons (at varied
levels) each week. The symptoms experienced may vary from person to person but would
generally consist of Fatigue, difficulty concentrating, feelings of hopelessness and sadness.
What can Cause this condition?:
The exact cause of Seasonal Affective Disorder is not known but a possible contributing
factor may be the lack of natural light during the winter months. As light hits the back of the
eye it stimulates the areas of the brain which controls sleep, appetite, mood and activity. The lack of light during the winter months slows down this process; this can leave you feeling low in mood and lethargic, sad.
The importance of Self-Care:
So what can we do to maintain positive Mental Health? A few tips:
Talk it out – There are peer support groups which are available were you can meet up and
talk to others who may be experiencing similar symptoms. Alternatively arrange to spend
time with family and friends and have a chat.
Physical exercise – Exercise releases endorphins which can trigger positive feelings in the
body, enrol in an exercise classes during the winter months.
Diet – What we eat may also affect how we feel, therefore, drink plenty of water to remain
hydrated, try and eat your 5 a day. We are what we eat.
Get enough sleep – A good night’s sleep can increase ones energy levels which can help to
stabilise your mood, “early to bed early to rise” they say.
Mindfulness – Is a relaxation technique which focuses on your breathing and thoughts.
Mindfulness is to help the user to manage their anxiety and stress.
In conclusion we can deduce that the symptoms of Seasonal Affective Disorder can affect
anyone, the helpful tips mentioned above can help us to manage the effects of the condition
throughout the winter months if we implementing some or all of the suggestions, and taking
care of self.
We hope this article has been both informative and helpful.
My name is Alecia May, I am a qualified counsellor and the founder of
Creating Expressions a Community Project based in Haringey.
If you would like to know more about what we do or get in touch with us please feel free to
T: 07950 357 164
As a result of Brexit, all EU nationals living in the UK have to register for the EU Settled Status
Scheme by 31st December 2020. Many don’t know what this means, why they have to do
it or how to do it. One million EU nationals have already registered but lots of questions
The Bridge Renewal Trust has been given funding by the Home Office to ensure that
vulnerable people in Haringey aren’t excluded from the scheme. We are working with
Haringey Council and voluntary and community groups to raise awareness and provide
It is vitally important that everyone registers. There are a lot of EU nationals
in Haringey who are currently unable to access the help and resources
they need because they are deemed to have ‘no recourse to
public funds’. These people would find that registration on
this scheme goes a long way to solving their problems,
giving access to benefits and homeless support.
On the negative side, failure to register would result in
people losing their right to work, their right to a bank
account and to rent accommodation, and of course
lose any benefits they may be claiming.
We are especially keen to engage with those who
may not have access to social media or IT resources,
such as the elderly, the homeless and the Charedi
community as well as other identified vulnerable
groups including the Roma community, single
migrant workers, and victims of domestic violence.
For more information please see https://www.
Open Day Wednesday 18th September
The Chestnuts Community Centre
280 St Ann’s Road
London N15 5BN
Light Refreshments provided.