When winter comes, we have an instinctual urge to hunker down, stay bundled up, and stay indoors. It’s almost like an animal response. Our bodies know that when the cold and the dark set in, we justknow that it’s time to move a little slower.
But for some people, it goes further, and can start interfering with their lives and their happiness.
When the winter brings feelings of depression, sadness, and isolation, it’s known as seasonal depression or Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD, an apt acronym), and it affects millions of people during the dark winter months.
In fact, the farther north from the Equator you go, the more people you’ll find affected by this disorder.
Many people might feel a slump when it starts getting darker earlier and earlier, but for most, a few simple actions can make them feel worlds better. But for those with SAD, it’s not always so simple.
Luckily, knowing how to identify SAD, and to distinguish it from simple cabin fever, is the first step in managing it, and there are many things you can do, both at home and with the help of a medical professional, to lessen the symptoms and maybe even start liking winter!
Read on to see if your winter blahs are something more serious, and what you can do to break out of the cycle.
What Is Seasonal Affective Disorder?
What Causes SAD?
Symptoms Of SAD
SAD Symptom #1: Unusual Sleep Patterns
SAD Symptom #2: Increased Appetite, Especially For Carbs
SAD Symptom #3: Lethargy And Extreme Tiredness
SAD Symptom #4: Heavy-Feeling Limbs
SAD Symptom #5: Withdrawal And Sadness
What Can You Do About SAD?
SAD Remedy #1: Take Advantage Of The Sunshine
SAD Remedy #2: Bring The Light Inside
SAD Remedy #3: Get Active
SAD Remedy #4: Talk To A Professional