There are many things you can do to help lessen the effects of SAD. And it helps to have many tools at your disposal, so you have the confidence of knowing you can handle it!
Here’s a list of things you can start doing in the fall and early winter to care for your body and mental health. I hope you find them helpful and I hope you are able to adapt each one to fit your needs and likes!
I hope these 5 Tools to help SAD are helpful! If you are only able to implement one of them, start with the therapy light! Even if you don’t have SAD, the light will help cheer you up and energize your body.
AKA, the Winter Blues or Seasonal Depression
The change of seasons can be difficult. Especially in the winter. And especially if you live in the North.
Not only is it a big season for change (school and holidays can cause a lot of stress), but you also have less sunlight and lots of cold weather.
Which is a big stress on your body. Especially your internal clock.
It doesn’t take long for your circadian rhythm to get out of whack. When the sleep and wake cycles are out of balance, serotonin and melatonin levels will also become out of balance.
There are some common signs our body is not adjusting to the winter season. This could be an indication you are experiencing Seasonal Affective Disorder, also commonly called SAD or Seasonal Depression.
SAD affects many people, especially young adults and adolescents because they have sensitive circadian rhythms. Generally as people age, their circadian rhythm is not as affected by changes in sunlight.
So take note of these common signs of SAD and watch your body and loved ones for these changes:
Now you have learned some of the common signs of SAD. I understand if just reading this list is making you feel down and looking for a blanket to hibernate under.
But don’t worry. There are many things you can do to feel better and get your body back into a better balance.
So stayed tuned for my next article on ways you can fight SAD and keep your body in rhythm.
Are you feeling overwhelmed by some of these symptoms? Take care of yourself, do the hard thing and call up your mental health professional. Your future self with thank you.
And if you don’t already have a therapist, stop what you are doing and find one, you can search the Psychology Today website, https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/therapists or search Google by typing in “therapist near me”.
What is self-care?