SAD – Seasonal Affective Disorder
SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder) is a form of depression that typically occurs during the winter months with symptoms weaning off during the spring and summer— though some people experience their most intense symptoms during the summer. Symptoms include decreased concentration, increased appetite, weight gain (whereas some other forms of depression can lead to weight loss), social withdrawal, moodiness, and fatigue.
- Light Therapy: Light therapy is administered by a device that contains white fluorescent light tubes covered with a plastic screen to block ultraviolet rays. The intensity of light should be 10,000 Lux. Many health professionals treat SAD with 10,000 Lux for 15 minutes to 30 minutes every morning.
- Essential Oils: Essentials oils are the purest essence of a plant — its oils. Essential oils promote restoration in the body and influence moods. And they don’t just smell good — they have shown to have the effect of an antidepressant on depressive disorders.
- Exercise: Exercise is a common prescription to ease depression. Moderate exercise like walking, running and yoga release endorphins and neurotransmitters to the brain. These chemicals can increase your mood and keep your immune system healthy.
- Go Outside: Get as much natural light as you can if you are fighting seasonal depression or wintertime seasonal affective disorder. If you get home after dark, change your schedule and bundle up for a walk during lunch — the Vitamin D from the sun boosts your energy.
- Create a Schedule: People suffering from SAD typically gain weight and can’t sleep during the winter months. Outline a schedule that enables you to wake up daily at the same time. Be consistent in your exposure to daylight and the times that you eat to help improve your mental outlook.
- Meditate: Meditation is learning how to quiet your mind in the middle of chaos. It also helps you be intentional with how you react. Consistently practicing this form of focus balances seasonal depression by decreasing anxiety and enhancing overall well-being.
SAD can be managed with some of these suggestions.