It’s that time of year again. Your seasonal depression is creeping in on you making things that you once enjoyed like working out and hanging with friends completely unbearable. Luckily, you’re not alone in this. Our girl Vashtie suffers from season depression and we’re here to give you some insight on what it means, some symptoms you may have and some tips to fight through it. Remember we aren’t doctors over here, just friends looking out for friends.
What is Seasonal Affective Depression
Seasonal affective disorder (SAD) is a type of depression that’s related to changes in seasons — SAD begins and ends at about the same times every year. Majority of SAD victims have symptoms in the fall and winter, but it is likely to have SAD in the spring or summer. About 5% of Americans suffer from SAD
How do you know you have Seasonal Affective Depression?
Symptoms include moodiness and lack of interest in things you found most enjoyable. Of course, don’t go self- diagnosing yourself, refer to professional help you notice these symptoms pop up regularly around this time. Causes for SAD are relatively unknown, but research shows that it may stem for the change of light effecting the body as the seasons change. For example, there’s much more sunlight to bask in during the summer than the brisk winter in New York City. The change of light adjusts your circadian rhythm which greatly effects your mood. Causing you to be SAD. (Ha, get it?)
How can you combat Seasonal Affective Depression?
There’s no sure way to make any single person more happy during their period of SAD, but there are a few things you can do to help this winter:
Spending time outside helps sooth the symptoms of SAD. Since light plays a huge role in SAD, having some natural daylight in your routine could help. Take a short walk in the mornings around your neighborhood daily.
If you’re not able to spend time outside, artificial light can help too. Light therapy boxes range in sizes, brightness, and types of light and can be used as a substitute for being outdoors.
Talking it out with a friend or therapist are also options when dealing with symptoms of SAD. Remember, when it comes to mental disorder, there is no quick fix and every situation is different, but with these tips and a better understanding of SAD, we can give you a head start to overcoming.