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How To Get Out of Bed in January

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With so many people suffering from SAD every winter, it often feels like getting out of bed is impossible.

SAD, or Seasonal Affective Disorder as it’s also known, is a seasonal form of depression that usually occurs in the winter months when it’s much colder and darker throughout the day.

Reduced amounts of light, warmth and the general drabness of winter can leave us feeling drained and downtrodden, but if these feelings occur at the same point every year and subside as spring and summer approach, then it’s very likely that you suffer from SAD.

This depression can make it difficult to do anything, even something as seemingly simple as getting out of bed. To help you make those first few steps towards getting through winter, we’re here to provide some tips on how to motivate yourself to face the day.

An important thing to try to remember however, is that feeling this way isn’t a permanent state of being, so being kind to yourself and doing what works for you is the best way to look after yourself.

Start slow: Sit up in bed

Start with the basics: Just try to sit up. Push your pillows up, and maybe have an extra pillow stashed nearby to prop yourself up.

Sometimes just the act of sitting up can get you closer to getting up, getting ready, and starting your day.

What’s for breakfast? Start thinking food

Thinking about food or your first cup of coffee can be great motivation. If your stomach starts grumbling enough while you’re thinking about eggs, bacon, and French toast, you’ll be more likely to pull yourself up.

Shine a little light on it

Everyone’s different. But bright light therapy (aka white light therapy) is often recommended for people with major depressive disorder with a seasonal pattern (aka SAD) or sleep disorders.

Sunlight is a natural mood-booster, influencing body chemistry and our friends at Lumie makes wake-up lights such as the Bodyclock which wakes you gradually and much more effectively by re-setting the internal clock that controls your body’s sleep and wake rhythms.


Sometimes, just stay in bed

There’ll be days when you just don’t think you can get up. And that’s OK to have every once in a while. Take a mental health day and take time for yourself!

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