How to Overcome Seasonal Depression

December 21, 2022

AdobeStock_285434948While holiday cheer gets all the attention, the winter blues are also prevalent this time of year and can leave anyone suffering with them feeling far from jolly. Seasonal depression, or seasonal affective disorder (SAD), is a mental health condition marked by feelings of sadness or depression that often occurs in the fall or winter. Shorter days and a lack of natural sunlight which can disrupt the body’s natural circadian rhythms is thought to be the primary cause of SAD. Symptoms of SAD include feelings of hopelessness, low energy, difficulty sleeping, a loss of interest in previously enjoyed activities, and a general feeling of sadness.

Effective Treatment of Seasonal Affective Disorder

If you are experiencing these symptoms, it's important to talk to your doctor to determine if you have SAD and recommend treatment options.

In addition to seeking professional help, there are also some things you can do on your own to help manage seasonal depression. These include getting regular exercise, eating a healthy diet, and trying to spend time outdoors during the day. Exposure to natural light can help improve your mood and regulate your body's internal clock. You can also try using a dawn simulator, which is a device that gradually increases light in your bedroom in the morning to help you wake up naturally.

It's also important to surround yourself with supportive people and to engage in activities that you enjoy. This can help boost your mood and keep you motivated. Finally, try to avoid excessive alcohol and caffeine, as these can worsen symptoms of depression.

Overall, seasonal depression is a common and treatable condition. If you are experiencing symptoms of SAD, the practitioners at Lane Family Practice are well-versed in manners of mental health, including SAD, and are able to help you find the right treatment to manage your symptoms and feel better.

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