“The Winter Blues“
During the colder months of the year it may be harder to get out of bed, not just because of the warm cozy bed, but because of what is known as
seasonal affective disorder or “Seasonal depression”
Seasonal affective disorder (ironically the acronym for this word is “SAD”) is a type of depression that’s related to changes in seasons. I’ll refer to SAD as Winter Blues.
Winter Blues usually begins and ends at about the same times every year. Usually during the colder months, Mid September-February.
If you’re like most people with the Winter Blues, your symptoms start in the fall and continue into the winter months by draining your energy and making you feel moody.
Signs and symptoms of the Winter Blues may include:
- Feeling depressed most of the day, nearly every day
- Losing interest in activities you once enjoyed
- Having low energy
- Having problems with 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
During this seasonal depression certain ways to overcome the symptoms include:
Not a small, opposite of heavy, type of therapy but actually LIGHT therapy. I find this works so well, surrounding yourself with bright lights for an extended period of time, whether natural or artificial, can truly improve your mood. Being cooped up in a dark, cold room tends to make improving your mood much harder.
Even though it may be too cold to do much outside, indoor exercise can definitely increase your mood, and heart rate!
Great thing about the colder months are candles. Not only do they provide light and warmth they also provide great scents. Aromatherapy can definitely lift your spirits.
Just like the seasons, seasonal depression too shall pass by. You are strong enough to move the most snow-filled mountains!
It’s normal to have some days when you feel down. But if you feel down for days at a time and you can’t get motivated to do activities you normally enjoy, make sure you see your doctor. This is especially important if your sleep patterns and appetite have changed for a prolonged amount of time, if you turn to drugs or alcohol for comfort, or you feel hopeless or think about suicide. A link for help is down below.
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255 (TALK)