It’s that season! When we all get sad for no reason.
Well, there is a reason. In the fall and winter months, we are exposed to less sunlight. This can bring on Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) also known as Seasonal Depression. According to The National Institute of Mental Health, “SAD is a type of depression that comes and goes with the seasons, typically starting in the late fall and early winter and going away during the spring and summer.”
Some signs that you may be suffering from Seasonal Depression are daytime sleepiness, social withdrawal, and low energy. This isn’t just an adult thing our teens can suffer from Seasonal Depression too.
Here are a few tips to help get us all through these short days and long nights.
Keeping track of how your day went can help you reflect on the positive things that are happening for you. It can also be a tool for you to track your mood so you can notice when you may need to switch up a few things because you’re in a slump.
It’s the cliché thing to say, but it can help to keep you fit and get you out of the house. Working out regularly, can help improve your mood. When you exercise your body releases endorphins that make you feel good.
You have to plan your success. Schedule in some time each day to catch some sun rays. Set an alarm to open those blinds in the morning or plan a trip to the library and sit in our courtyard and read a book.
Want to know more about Seasonal Depression? Visit the National Institute of Mental Health. Still struggling with your emotions? Call 1-800-273-8255 for 24/7 free and confidential support.