It is that time of year again where bad moods set in due to less daylight, as well as colder and gloomier weather. However, your not so great spirit could be seasonal depression, a manageable condition.
The good thing about realizing you may have seasonal depression is there are actions you can take to make it less severe. In fact, you might even be able to enjoy the fall and winter season. The condition is referred to as seasonal depression because it occurs at the same time each year. Dr. Yeager told POPSUGAR that people have a biological clock that is driven by serotonin and melatonin levels and can be thrown off by long periods of dreary weather.
Now that you understand what season depression is, how can you tell if you are suffering from it? Well, it depends on what time of year it is because there are different symptoms for summer and winter.
My seasonal depression clocking in for its shift every November pic.twitter.com/IB3fsVaP7I— Ms. Chun-Li The Street Fighter (@lindsayl0whan) October 30, 2018
Symptoms of winter seasonal depression include anxiety, loneliness, mood swings, or a loss of interest in activities that previously made them happy. Excess sleepiness, insomnia, or sleep deprivation are also signs that you are experiencing winter depression.
Although winter is the most common form of seasonal depression, people can suffer from it during summertime as well. Weight loss, poor appetite, insomnia, agitation, restlessness, anxiety, and episodes of violent behavior are all indicators of summer depression.
Everyone gets seasonal depression in the winter and expects be checked up on, but what about when MY seasonal depression peaks every summer, and not a single person bats an eye? My seasonal depression doesnt exist because it isnt in winter? Okay— Dumb Kitten🐱 (@CassiderpJo) October 29, 2018
One way to help combat seasonal depression regardless of the time of year is to take a walk daily. By getting out and moving your body, you will release endorphins which will, in turn, boost your mood. The best time of day to walk is in the morning when the sun is coming up because the exposure to sunlight will keep your body's clock on track.
Create natural light in both your home and office. The later may be more difficult which is why it is imperative to have light in your house. If needed you can purchase a light box, which mimics natural light and will give you the same feeling.
October is almost over, which means SAD season is upon us. Seasonal Depression is a very real disorder that is characterized by depression that occurs at the same time every year. Check up on on your loved ones, especially the ones who appear to be visually happy.— Jakesgiving (@jakematthewlist) October 29, 2018
Force yourself to stay active even when you don't want feel like it. You don't have to have something planned every night but don't hibernate indoors. Social activity is imperative to keeping your mood happy. Too much alone time can lead to depression.