Many people recognize that they don’t love the shorter days that the winter brings and notice their moods start to slip. Did you know that there’s a scientific reason why winter tends to bring many of us down?
Seasonal Affective Disorder (S.A.D.) is a situational type of depression, meaning that it’s influenced by an individual’s environment. S.A.D. typically tends to become more prevalent during winter months when the daylight hours are shorter and the weather is more chilly, causing people to stay inside more often.
Less sun exposure can mean increased chances for S.A.D. and increase in symptoms like moodiness and overall feelings of depression. The great news is that you can combat this condition with a few easy tricks!
Soak up the sunshine. When the weather isn’t unbearable, be sure to step outside. Part of the reason S.A.D. creeps in is because we have to go outside all bundled up whenever we do step out the door. If there’s one of those surprisingly warm days that pop up in the middle of the winter, DO NOT hesitate to get outside. It can be just the thing to recharge your batteries and reset the timer on S.A.D. trying to creep in to your life.
Exercise regularly. We know this is the secret to many physical ailments, but that doesn’t decrease its role in fighting off S.A.D. Any movement that gets your heart pumping is good movement in this situation. Even cleaning is a good activity! The “feel good” chemicals in your brain, like serotonin, are produced when you get your body moving. This means you’ll also sleep better at night and wake up feeling more restored!
Healthy food is vital. This can help give you energy and keep S.A.D. at bay. Reach for food that boosts your serotonin levels like oatmeal, whole grains, brown rice, and even bananas. A great multi-vitamin is also a way to make sure you’re getting the vitamins you need to tackle each day with full health and wellness!
The Content is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.