We have had a surge of creativity this year so far, with a short film about OCD towards the end of the planning stages and planning for an animated short to show how Selective Serotonin Re-uptake Inhibitors (SSRIs) work!
One of the characters we’re working on is Sarah Tonin the neurotransmitter (serotonin).
We’re also working on The Catecholamines:
Nora Drenaline – (Noradrenaline or Norepinephrine)
Addy – (Adrenaline)
Dopey – (Dopamine)
Above is Addy! The roughly animated version.
As the photo above shows, a lot of people in the UK experience Seasonal Affective Disorder in the Autumn and Winter months. It’s impossible to control the cold weather and the Winter darkness, but there are some things you can control. It’s quite a good idea to have a self-care regime in place for when things become difficult.
Regular exercise is a good part of a self-care regime. Exercise improves mood and, if outside, can get you spending more time in daylight.
Make sure you have a regular sleep routine! Good quality sleep helps mood and stress levels.
Some recommend light therapy for SAD – this is supposed to help encourage Vitamin D production, which can improve energy levels and mood.
These are just a few examples of self-care for SAD. However, when experiencing issues with your mental health, you should always visit your GP first.