Do you notice yourself struggling to get out of bed in the winter months? Eating more? Or just feeling...bleh? Chances are, a lot of us will experience a little of this during the colder months, but if these feelings last a long time for you or if you notice them come up EVERY winter and start to disrupt your life, then you may have Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). The name says it all - you feel sad, and just not like yourself because this is a form of depression. When we don't see light or feel warmth, the levels of serotonin and melatonin in our bodies decrease, and they regulate our moods and sleep, so that's bad news bears.
Having SAD can take a major toll on your self esteem, your productivity, and your family, so here are a few things you can do to try and help yourself:
- Even if it's gloomy and cold out, go outside as much as possible. Even a brisk walk around the neighborhood to get some fresh air and get your blood pumping can make a difference.
- Work out because that gives you endorphins, and endorphins make you happy! 😉
- Set a sleep schedule for yourself, and avoid looking at any screens (which majorly kills melatonin) 1 hour before bedtime so you can get plenty of zzzzzzzs.
- Talk it out. Expressing feelings to family and friends can help you sort out what's going on and give you a chance to vent frustrations.
- Seek the help of a doctor if your symptoms are getting overwhelming for you. We want YOU to feel good, sis!