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.

Shop for furniture, cabinetry, paint and flooring that don’t off-gas toxins.
(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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Design Pros Share Tips For Living Room-Based Work From Home Spaces - My latest piece focuses on creating a work from home space in your living room, both for one person and two. I hope it's helpful to you or maybe someone you know. Continue Reading
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Wellness Benefits of Outdoor Living Spaces (Plus Bonus Nuggets!) - I shared some ideas and inspiration with Design Milk in my latest piece. Here's a link for you to enjoy.  Whether your living space is surrounded by rolling hills, trees and jasmine, as mine is, or city streets, as when I lived in New York, there are numerous benefits to being outdoors. I hope you're… Continue Reading
20 Wellness Design Gifts For Father’s Day 2021 - If you have a great (or OK) dad -- or celebrate the observance with one -- here are 20 ideas on gifts to enhance his physical and emotional well-being from my latest Forbes.com piece. There are splurge gifts, (some you can enjoy together, like this fire table from Room and Board if you share a… Continue Reading
Creating a Vegetarian-Friendly Kitchen - There's info in this piece I just wrote for Forbes.com on which features help make produce last longer. There's also info on the best ways to prep and cook your favorite vegetables in your kitchen, and how you might create a vegetable/vegetarian-friendly kitchen for this way of eating. Continue Reading
Jamie Gold, CKD, CAPS,  MCCWC

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

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