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Ray of Light

Seasonal Affective Disorder By Alecia May

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

winter seasons.

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.

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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

contact us on: E: W:

T: 07950 357 164



Are you an EU National living in Haringey?

Do you know about the EU settlement Scheme ? Do you want to know more? by Victoria Sharkey

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

practical assistance.

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.

Learn More


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.