How To Battle Seasonal Affective Disorder With Wellness Design

Are you one of the estimated 10 million Americans who suffer from seasonal affective disorder — otherwise known as the winter blues or SAD? If so, your symptoms might have started to kick in with last weekend’s “fall back” time change. That’s not uncommon when suddenly your workday ends in darkness. I used to suffer every year when I lived in New York. It affects me less here in San Diego, I’m glad to say. I think having a cheerful home helps too. So do the experts I consulted for this latest piece. Check out some solutions here.

Green evokes nature and is restorative, particularly in the winter.



Here’s another timely piece I wrote for Design Milk, one of the best and most popular design sites on the Internet. I was thrilled when they asked me to write a trio of pieces for October, November and December. This first one, sharing ideas and resources about indoor air quality, published last week. With everyone spending more time indoors as the weather gets colder and Covid spikes across the country, this info can protect your health and your family’s.

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(Photo Courtesy: Pure Upholstery, division of the Organic Mattress, Inc. \\\ Wellness by Design (Tiller Press), © J. Gold)



I’m planning posts on creating a healthy, stylish poker room at home and creating a doula-friendly birthing room later this month on Gold Notes.  If you’re not already a subscriber, you can sign up at the bottom of this page. (Don’t worry, your info will never be shared or sold!)



Save these dates:

I’m going to be visiting with Ali Wenzke’s Happy Moments IGTV show on Thursday, November 7 at 7:30 AM Pacific time/10:30 Eastern to share wellness design tips.

I’ll be giving a presentation on  YOUR HOME AND YOUR HEALTH — THE FIVE FACETS OF WELLNESS DESIGN IN A PANDEMIC AND BEYOND on December 8, 2020 at 11 am PST/2 pm EST, hosted by the Coronado Public Library. More details to come!

Actively Northwest shared my tips on eliminating trip hazards and creating a cozy home on their blog. You can read that here.



The Decorating Diva, another super-popular design blog, shared my book with its readers this week. Check out the review here.

SharpThink wrote up Wellness by Design on their blog. Check out the lovely write-up here.

Five Star  Amazon Review: “GO FOR THE GOLD. Jamie Gold is a leading voice in the architecture & design industry, and particularly kitchen & bath (she’s a Certified Kitchen Designer through the NKBA). I’ve read her work for years, and stay apprised of her column on Forbes.com. Her latest book – Wellness by Design – is great. Following a lot of research, she dives into the intersection between interior design and wellness, laying out the 5 facets of wellness design. They’re all important considerations, as our homes should not only reflect our aesthetic tastes and preferences, but also support our health and wellbeing. It’s a great resource for homeowners and design enthusiasts.” (Josh Schoenfelder, Oct. 29, 2020, Verified Purchase)

I’m always grateful for glowing reviews of my books. You can find them on Goodreads and Amazon. (I’d greatly appreciate your reviews too! Here’s a downloadable form to quickly and easily write one you can copy/paste onto your favorite book sites.)



Here are some additional tips to make sheltering at home, working from home, homeschooling and working out there easier this season in my updated pandemic guide.You can download a FREE copy here.

Healthy Home Tips for Covid Pandemic





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Food for Thought #20: Adapting and Overcoming in a Pandemic (While Taking My Own Advice) - It’s probably the understatement of the year to say that 2020 has been challenging for millions of people around the country (and the world). I’ve had friends fall ill to a serious new virus. Thankfully, everyone I know has recovered so far, but how much damage it has done to their long-term health is still… Continue Reading
Adding Movement to Your Work From Home Life - If you're one of the millions of Americans now working from home, things have changed a whole heck of a lot. On the plus side, you no longer have a commute and you slashed your dry cleaning bill. On the other side, though, you might be sitting for hours in a non-ergonomic chair, slumping over… Continue Reading
How To Battle Seasonal Affective Disorder With Wellness Design - Are you one of the estimated 10 million Americans who suffer from seasonal affective disorder -- otherwise known as the winter blues or SAD? If so, your symptoms might have started to kick in with last weekend's "fall back" time change. Check out some solutions here. Continue Reading
Is The Covid-19 Pandemic Reviving A Historic Residential Design Feature? - My latest piece looks at one outdoor feature that could become a part of many more home plans going forward. It's already popular in shared living spaces like nursing homes, college dormitories, apartment buildings and assisted living facilities, and dates back to ancient times. You can read it here. Continue Reading
Thought Leader Conversation: Rancho La Puerta President On Bringing Spa Life Home - So when I read that world-renowned destination spa Rancho La Puerta -- just over the border from San Diego and Chez J in Baja -- was building a wellness design community of spa-inspired homes next to their facilities, I had to check it out! That led to my latest Forbes.com Thought Leader Conversation piece. I… Continue Reading
Jamie Gold, CKD, CAPS,  MCCWC

Jamie Gold, CKD, CAPS, MCCWC
San Diego, CA

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