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When Seasonal Depression is a thing

When the weather changes and the days are shorter, people have a tendency to go out less. Some people feel gloom. Others put in more effort than they usually would have done. Do you find yourself eating more when you are indoors? Does your bed seem like a welcoming haven? You could be experiencing SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder) which is related to the change in seasons.

Some symptoms can include-

  • Feelings of hopelessness

  • Feelings of dread or sadness

  • Loss of interest in things that one used to enjoy

  • Anxiety

SAD can also be associated with physical symptoms, such as Fatigue and headaches.

Several people experience SAD, and some people don't admit to having it for fear of being judged. It can also feel isolating if one does not understand why they feel the way they do.


WHAT CAN WE DO TO EASE THE EXPERIENCE?

  1. Getting social. The feelings can be isolating. The holidays and winter months can be a time to connect with family, friends, or even doing things you enjoy BY YOURSELF. Attend social events. Go to the movies or dinner (By yourself or with others). Call friends, or family. Be in touch. If the weather does not permit social gatherings, connect through social media, gaming, e.t.c. Be creative.

  2. Consider Talk Therapy. Seasonal Depression is usually diagnosed by a qualified Practitioner. If you have SAD, guidance from a Practioner can help.

  3. Get moving. Exercise is a great way to alleviate symptoms of SAD. It is also a way to combat weight gain that is often associated with staying indoors and eating. Outdoor exercise is good, but if you can't go outside, utilize what you have in the home- going up and down the stairs, chores, a treadmill, elliptical, or, stationery bike.

  4. When you are indoors, consider opening up all the blinds or curtains to let some kind of natural light in. This can sometimes help with moods. Also, vitamin D is always needed. When outdoors, bundle up and take a walk, or just stroll.

When the outdoors prevent you from going out
Outdoor exercise is good

Being mindful of your experiences during the long cold days and nights will usually get you on your way to easing the symptoms of SAD. Just remember, that this period shall pass and

then the sunny, uplifting combination of longer days and sunlight will find it's way back.




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Jul 07
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I suffer from this. Sometimes I feel like it's all year round.

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