Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) also called the "winter blues" affects many people in the colder months. The winter time can bring a rise in depression which disables a person's energy and productivity.SAD occurs in climates where there is less sunlight at certain times of the year. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, SAD affects up to 10% of the population depending on the geographic region, Here are some tips to help fight through the winter blues.
Depending on where you are, this may be more difficult than it seems. A dose of the sun's rays can help pick you back up. It is important to know that darkness increases the body's production of melatonin, making one more lethargic and less capable to fight depression, A dose of the sun may be what you need to pick you back up.
Having someone to confide in will be an important step for anyone that suffers from a mental illness. Some ways to seek counsel is through support groups, family, friends and therapists. Speaking to others can help individuals develop strategies and gain the perspective that they need to help with SAD.
STAY ACTIVE and HEALTHY
Exercise is known to increase the production of endorphins in the brain and help to relieve the feelings of depression. But health is more than just exercise alone, it also includes a balanced diet.
TALK TO YOUR HEALTH CARE PROVIDER Ask your healthcare provider about your symptoms. They are able to use tools and expertise for your treatment in fighting SAD. Although persevering winter can be difficult, these tips are here to make it a little easier for you during this season and share with your friends and family.
Temeria Wilcox, CRNP
Family Nurse Practitioner
Owner/CEO NP Family Practice