Depression isn’t always blatant and it isn’t always all year round. For a lot of people, depression peaks at certain times of the year. The most popular time is Winter. Seasonal affective disorder (commonly known as SAD), is when this peak hits and you feel unmotivated, tired, and moody. Ever experience this?
What causes SAD?
It is believed that it’s mainly caused by lack of sunlight and inability to participate in the regular activities you once did. Think about it. In the winter, there is limited intake of sunlight and a lot of your daily activities are put to a halt due to the cold weather.
Sunlight is the main source of vitamin D and it increases our Serotonin levels. This is crucial in combatting any depression since increased serotonin levels means you become happier. This explains why a lot of us look forward to Summer.
What are the symptoms?
The symptoms include:
-feeling tired all of the time (even when you have slept)
-going through mood swings
-craving more carbohydrates and gaining weight
-losing interest in normal activities
How can you combat this naturally?
Of course we can’t all escape on a sunny vacation every time winter comes around. Maybe some of us can, but it’s not likely that all of us can. So what do you do?
1. Go Outside
Try your best to wake up as early as possible and use every minute of little daylight there is within the day. There may not be a lot of sunlight beaming on you but it’s still there and you will feel much better when you get out. An even better advice is to surround yourself with nature. Yes, it is cold but this will definitely get you out of your funk.
Now, you don’t have to start doing cardio but simple movements will change your mood for the better. Walking, jogging, and even yoga can improve your train of thought. If you don’t have time to do any of these then just focus on your household chores. Any kind of movement that raises your heart rate and takes your mind off of things will beat SAD.
You may not think this has an effect on your mood but cabin fever does exist and it thrives in cluttered areas. Start decluttering your home and creating open spaces. Not only does this clear your home of unwanted clutter but it increases your heart rate. After you’ve finished, you’ll feel lighter, happier, and more productive. Try it! You won’t regret it.