During the spring and summer months, do you feel happier than usual? Do you feel like there are more possibilities? Do you feel like life doesn’t suck as much? The abundance of natural sunlight during the spring and summer months is wonderful for our body and spirit.
But, as the fall and winter months approach, do you feel sad or more gloomier than usual with no apparent reason to the mood change? Then, according to the Mayo Clinic, you may be suffering from Seasonal affective disorder (SAD.)
Fall and Winter SAD it’s a condition that comes as the chilly weather approaches and natural sunlight becomes more scarce. Some of the symptoms associated with this condition are:
- weight gain
- appetite changes and
Although these are some of the symptoms also associated with major depression, SAD
symptoms can come and go as the seasons change, so it’s easier for people to note the changes and seek medical advise if necessary. Spring and Summer SAD is also a condition and should be treated accordingly.
All of us have good and bad days. Those are some of the free perks we get by living life. Major depression though, is a serious illness than should be treated seriously and promptly. It is a serious illness that can be fatal if leave unattended.
Now, if you have notice mood changes or your doctor has diagnosed you with SAD, what can you do to combat it?
There are very simple, economical ways to keep yourself upbeat.
- Exercise regularly and get outside.
- Go for a long walk by yourself or with your dog
- Read a book outside. 10 minutes of sunlight can uplift your mood for the day
- Spend some time in your garden. Planting a mum or two for your garden can help you with your moods and your home’s curb appeal.
- Take a hobby
- Eat healthy foods
Keeping active during the winter months is hard for people living in the North, but it does not necessarily mean it’s impossible. There are groups of joggers that run all year long. They jog when raining, snowing or in windy conditions. The only time they don’t jog is when there’s lighting or thunder. In the United States, there are many trails, parks and neighborhoods where a walk is just a few steps away. Take advantage of them, and live a healthier life!