Feeling SAD? Get out and Golf!

WintersunHow golf can help you beat the winter blues?

There’s no better treatment for the condition than a game of golf or a session at the driving range on a winter day, so wrap up warm and give it a go.
Golf is the perfect tonic for combatting Seasonal Affective Disorder or SAD, commonly referred to as winter blues. Triggered by lack of daylight exposure, this condition affects up to one in 20 people in the UK with women three times more likely to suffer than men.

Here’s why golf will make you feel better this winter…

Fresh air and natural light. Playing golf gets you outdoors in the fresh air for several hours at a time allowing you to get as much fresh air and natural light as possible which can help ease symptoms.

Spending time in nature can boost optimism and self-control. A new study from the University of Amsterdam, reported in the Daily Mail reveals that spending time in nature helps us slow down and consider our future more positively. Urban environments can trigger us to make unhealthy, impulsive decisions – such as overeating or avoiding exercise.

Exercise that boosts mood-enhancing chemicals in your brain. Golf is a great way to take regular, moderate exercise or physical activity. The combination of walking and swinging your clubs gets you moving safely while boosting your brain’s natural feel good chemicals Spending time walking in the pleasant, green surroundings of a golf course can lift your mood and combat stress

It keeps you healthy. According to NHS Choices research from the University of Essex shows that exercising outdoors boosts your physical and mental health more than going to indoor gyms – and burns up to 20 per cent more calories because your body needs extra energy to stay warm.

Friendship lifts your mood. Golf nurtures friendship and social ties which can help you feel better. There’s no better sport for bringing people together. With plenty of time for conversation and fun – golf is the perfect way to make new friends and grow closer bonds with people you already know.

Aims and aspirations. Feeling aimless can make you feel even lower during the winter months. Golf is a great way to set yourself small, healthy and positive targets that will keep you going through the winter and lift your mood. Deciding you will complete a round twice a month, improve your swing or commit to meeting up with a friend to play and have lunch once a fortnight will give you something to aim for and make you feel happier!