Are you experiencing seasonal depression?
As the seasons change, so can our moods. The professional term for seasonal depression is called Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). According to the National Institute of Mental Health, “SAD is a type of depression characterized by a recurrent seasonal pattern, with symptoms lasting about 4−5 months out of the year.”
Some of the symptoms of SAD are persistent sadness, anxiety, overeating, oversleeping, and social withdrawal.
Researchers believe people affected by SAD have reduced levels of the brain chemical serotonin, which helps regulate mood.
If you’re experiencing seasonal depression, here are ten ways to manage your mood changes:
- What are you grateful for? Write down what you’re thankful for each day.
- What brings you joy? Make time for activities that make you happy.
- Maintain a routine. Create and follow a schedule to help avoid isolation and negative thoughts.
- Open the window shades. Let in as much natural light as possible to elevate your mood.
- Change clothes. Showering and getting fully dressed, even if staying in, can boost your mood.
- Stay calm. Do something relaxing, like reading a book or taking a bath.
- Go outside! The fresh air and being in nature can help you feel refreshed.
- Keep healthy habits. Maintain exercise and a healthy, balanced diet.
- Maintain relationships. Checking on others can help boost both your spirits and theirs.
- Ask for help. Seek professional help if you feel like you need support.
If you want to talk to a mental health professional, contact us at Theladipogroup.com/book-counseling.
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