Last modified: August 2, 2019
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It is the season of winter depression. The temperature has changed, it is darker, and the sun doesn’t stay up as long. These changes can spark seasonal depression, and some people experience the affects of winter depression more than others.
The change to fall and winter is an exciting time of year for some. However, for others it can bring about sadness, worry, discomfort, and anxiety. If your mood changes with the season, you may have seasonal depression.
Is Your Winter Depression SAD?
Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is depression that comes and goes with the seasons. A few SAD facts include:
- Women are more likely to have SAD than men.
- Four to six percent of people have winter depression.
- 10 to 20 percent of people have SAD
Do you have SAD? It is tough to say, since the holidays can trigger a variety of emotional and physical issues. However, if you think you may have winter or seasonal depression, like SAD, you should talk to a doctor.
Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) Symptoms Include:
- Unnatural weight gain for you
- Change in eating habit with cravings for sweet foods
- Significant drop in energy level
- Arms and legs feel heavy
- General fatigue
- Anxious and irritable
- Hard to concentrate
- Avoiding social gatherings
- Worry of social rejection
If you are tired of being tired from seasonal depression, our specialists compiled a list to help ease those winter blues.
1. Keep it Simple and Stick to the Basics
One way to battle winter depression is to keep things simple, ensuring all your basic needs are met. These basic needs include proper amount of sleep, healthy nutrition, staying hydrated, and staying active through exercise. Interestingly, all of these basic needs will support overall health and wellness.
2. Find Consistency During Seasonal Depression
Just because the season changes, doesn’t mean everything else in your life does too. Find the consistent things in your life to help you battle seasonal depression. Once you find these consistent things, focus on them instead of the winter blues. Simple mantras like, “I am (your name) and I am a strong oak that can weather any storm.”
3. Isolation Only Makes Winter Depression Worse
As fall becomes winter, it is important to stay active socially. Many people will turn inward and isolate themselves during seasonal changes. However, it is vital to your health and wellness to get out, stay active, and be in the company of people you care deeply about.
4. Talk About SAD with Someone
To many people’s surprise, SAD is common. You may find that you are not the only one experiencing SAD, winter depression symptoms. Talking about it with close friends and family can be insightful, and help you get your feelings out in the open. You most certainly don’t need to deal with seasonal depression on your own.
If the winter blues are controlling your daily life, it is time to take action. You can use any of the above ways to help battle Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). It is also important to talk to a doctor about how you feel as well.
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Submitted by Dr. Richard Honaker: http://www.independentmedicalexaminer.com/IME-Directory/Virginia/Dr-Richard-A-Honaker-MD.asp
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