Are You Feeling SAD this Winter?

Lot’s of people are right there with you, feeling blue and blah and gloomy. But many are not aware that SAD stands for seasonal affective disorder, a condition related to changing seasons.

According to the Mayo Clinic, those who experience SAD in the winter months, may be reacting to the reduced level of sunlight. 

The Mayo Clinic also recommends that you take seasonal affective disorder seriously. The following signs and symptoms usually occur and can get worse if not treated.

  • Feeling depressed most of the day, nearly every day

  • Losing interest in activities you once enjoyed

  • Having low energy

  • Problems sleeping

  • Experiencing changes in your appetite or weight

  • Feeling sluggish or agitated

  • Having difficulty concentrating

  • Feeling hopeless, worthless or guilty

  • Having frequent thoughts of death or suicide

If left untreated a person suffering from seasonal affective disorder may experience the following problems:

  • Social withdrawal

  • Problems at school or work

  • Substance abuse

  • Other mental health disorders such as anxiety or eating disorders

Most researchers agree there are steps you can take at home to deal with SAD including:

  • Eat regularly for increased energy.

  • Eat a balanced diet and consider a Vitamin D supplement.

  • Drink more water.

  • Exercise regularly at home or at the gym.

  • Go outside whenever possible.

  • Find something fun to do when stuck inside, like a fun board game or a good book to read.

  • Visit a friend.

You can get more tips and details on SAD here.

Making these improvements can help with SAD and improve your overall health. But if you’ve tried these steps and still find yourself overwhelmed with fatigue and depression, it may be time to talk to your doctor.

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