I just thought I’d do a little post about S.A.D, Seasonal Affective Disorder. With the Irish weather being so crazy and changing every second I thought now would be a good time to talk about this.
Seasonal affective disorder (SAD) is a type of depression that’s related to the weather and changes in seasons. Normally symptoms start in autumn and continue on through the winter months, sapping your energy and making you feel moody. Less often, SAD causes depression in the spring or early summer.
Symptoms specific to winter-onset SAD, sometimes called winter depression, may include:
- Tiredness or low energy
- Problems getting along with other people
- Hypersensitivity to rejection
- Heavy, “leaden” feeling in the arms or legs
- Appetite changes, especially a craving for foods high in carbohydrates
- Weight gain
Symptoms specific to summer-onset seasonal affective disorder, sometimes called summer depression, may include:
- Trouble sleeping (insomnia)
- Weight loss
- Poor appetite
- Agitation or anxiety
After researching a lot about it and it definitely affects me somewhat so here are some tips that I find to help me. This will not be enough for everyone but just personally this is what i find helps me….
- Get out during the day as much as possible, wrap up and get at least 20 minutes of air
- Get to the gym, I find it does wonders for the brain
- If you can afford it and have the time, try and take a sun holiday
- Have a treat….a warm hot chocolate can do wonders! 🙂 ❤
- Try and stay positive…..Meditation.
Hope this helps a little and hope you’re all having a sparkling day ❤