Say Goodbye To Your Winter Blues

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Many people around the world suffer from Seasonal Affective Disorder or SAD (image: https://www.pexels.com/photo/adult-art-conceptual-dark-278312/)

Seasonal Affective Disorder or SAD is a form of depression that manifests itself seasonally. Its symptoms are most severe during the winter months and these include having a constant low mood, feeling irritable and experiencing a loss of pleasure in activities you used to enjoy previously.

In the US, about five percent of the population experiences SAD every year, and as a result, it is an illness that cannot be overlooked. In the below guide we tell you how to say goodbye to your winter blues and see life in a different light during the cold months.

Go outside

Whilst this may sound obvious, you would be surprised by the number of people that refuse to leave the house in the winter months due to the cold temperatures and darker days this season has to offer. SAD is mainly caused by the lack of light present in the period between December and February and as such, it is important for individuals living with the condition to make the most of each day in the winter and benefit from as much light as possible in the short days. This list of attractions to visit in your country might give you some outdoor motivation!

Every little helps

Whilst you might not be thinking about your SAD illness as something that is chronic and permanent, it is still a disorder that affects your wellbeing for a few months every year. As a result, you should investigate what’s out there in terms of financial help. Depression can qualify you for disability payments, and it is worth looking into how it can do so. Even if it just ends up adding a few dollars to your monthly income, why not do some research into it? Having your pocket a bit fuller might mean you also feel a little happier.

Talk to friends and family

Talking about feeling down or depressed can be difficult for some, as our society stigmatises those who voice anything that might make them appear more vulnerable to others’ eyes. Still, it is a well-known fact that talking about what concerns us can alleviate the problem massively. You might feel that because your condition is seasonal, this is not worthy of discussion, but anything that prevents us from feeling entirely ourselves should be paid attention to and talked about. Reach out to your friends and family and let them know how you feel. Sharing, as they say, is caring and the simple fact of doing so will make you feel better and more connected. Read these quotes on sharing.  

Talk to a professional

Whilst following the above might already make you feel better, it is true that we are not all the same and you might find that despite having approached friends and family and having been more active, you are still feeling down. If this is the case, talk to a professional. They are experts, after all, and will help you address your issues with professionalism and in confidence. Contact the American Psychological Association (APA) if your low mood persists.

Comments

  1. rochelle haynes says:

    sound good to me looking good

  2. kim brooks says:

    thank you for this, i have the winter time blues bad ! i use to love winter until i was diagnosed with RA (rheumatoid arthritis) now i hate the cold but i have a little one so i can’t rob her from having fun in the winter ! (shes almost 4)

  3. Thnaks for the great and interesting info.

  4. nurselinda101 says:

    I am effected with this to a certain extent. I do force myself to go outside and I still go to work. Thank you for sharing this great article

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