For many, winter is a time to catch up on indoor projects, read great books, and enjoy hearty meals with friends and family. If you suffer from Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), however, you might find yourself experiencing social isolation, feelings of depression, a severe lack of energy, and weight gain. According to experts, more than 10 million people suffer from Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) in the United States, usually during the fall and winter months. As part of our holistic approach to well-being, The Woodlands at Furman provides residents with many preventative options to encourage a rich and rewarding lifestyle all year long.

Get Plenty of Sunshine

For those with SAD, symptoms usually start in the fall and last through the winter. Researchers believe that SAD is linked to a decrease in the body’s absorption of natural light during these months. Luckily, Greenville averages more than 220 days of sunshine each year! Doctors recommend enjoying natural morning light for 10 to 30 minutes a day, and that’s an easy goal to reach here at The Woodlands!

Stay Active

Regular exercise offers a huge number of benefits, including a decrease in the likelihood that you’ll experience the symptoms of SAD! The Woodlands offers exercise classes for all, and residents have access to the indoor pool and Physical Activities Center at Furman University. Doctors recommend exercising three to five days a week to help prevent seasonal affective depression, which often leads to energy loss followed by weight gain and irritability. Check out our January activities calendar for a look at all the exercise classes available to our residents!

Eat a Balanced Diet

Like exercise, a balanced diet has a big impact on your health. Research has shown that the symptoms of SAD are less prevalent in people who eat a varied diet with plenty of fresh vegetables. Our Evergreen Dining Room offers just that in everything from fine dining selections to the delicious daily buffet and Sunday brunch. The cuisine is creative, healthful, and always changing. Want to go out? The city of Greenville offers a selection of wonderful restaurants for all tastes. If you’re itching to get in the kitchen, consider joining our residents who use Instacart to have fresh groceries delivered!

Connect with Others

When it comes to minimizing the symptoms of SAD, socializing with your peers can be a key component in staying upbeat through the winter months. The Woodlands offers plenty of opportunities for connecting with others, including book clubs, crafting classes, game nights, happy hours, community outings, trips to the theater, and exercise classes. Because of our tight-knit community, it’s also easy to spend quality time with friends and neighbors to help prevent a slide into the winter doldrums.

At The Woodlands, we encourage healthy choices for all of our residents and provide an abundance of opportunities for full, balanced, healthy living in every season!

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