Ways to Kick Seasonal Depression in the Rear
To paint a picture of winter, the view is bare trees, gray skies, and snowy landscapes. Although it’s not quite winter yet, you can imagine the frigid temperatures and experience the gloomy feelings the image gives off. Everything is usually quieter, darker, and still in the winter.
For some people, the dark clouds that come around in the winter, follow them around over their shoulder for the whole season. It’s like a barrier between you and the metaphorical sunlight that is happiness. This is called “seasonal depression,” or Seasonal Affective Disorder. Basically, what this means is that the symptoms of the disorder come around at the same time each year. Although most commonly, this occurs in the winter, it can happen for some people during the spring and summer as well.
One theory regarding the cause of winter seasonal depression says it is possible that less sunlight leads to a decrease of Serotonin in the brain. Serotonin is a chemical in our brains that affect our moods, typically bringing about feelings of euphoria when released. Vitamin D in natural sunlight increases your brain’s ability to produce Serotonin, which helps fight depression symptoms. The lack thereof has the opposite effect.
Seasonal depression can put a damper on our lives for a couple of months. This winter, let’s put forth the effort to fight the symptoms and remain as content as possible. Symptoms include: fatigue, loss of appetite or greater appetite, weight loss/gain, desire to be alone, need for sleep, difficulty concentrating. If you notice any of these symptoms at the same time each year, here are some tips on dealing with seasonal depression.
Remember this winter: You have to want to feel better. That’s the only way to have the desire to put effort into a more conscious, content lifestyle. You are not alone in the way you feel.
By: KayLynn P.