Unfortunately, with the winter rolling in, the risk of coming down with seasonal affective disorder becomes even higher. SAD or the winter blues, as everyone likes to call it, is a mental disorder that occurs when the season changes.
Medical specialists believe that the problem resides in how our body’s internal clock adapts to the new lighting conditions. As you know, the circadian rhythm tells our body stuff like when to wake up and when to hit the sack.
During the winter months, when the days grow shorter, our bodies experience problem adapting to the new conditions. Commonly, the symptoms associated with the body’s inability to cope with the new status quo can range from oversleeping to apathy and even lack of sleep.
Luckily, most individuals can adapt to the new conditions. However, there are other who experience a worsening of the symptoms listed above. Thus, if you experience any or all of those symptoms, there’s a high chance that you have seasonal affective disorder.
Other symptoms associated with this mental disorder are hopelessness, feeling of guilt, despair, dizziness, and suicidal thoughts. Seasonal Affective Disorder is considered a mild form of depression, and, according to the medical specialists, the hustle and bustle associated with the Christmas rush can only worsen the symptoms in some cases.
Although this condition can be kept in check using mild anti-depressants, specialists often recommend alternative therapies before administering medication. In consequence, the doctors say that minor lifestyle changes can improve your mood better than anti-depressants.
So, what should we do in order to wish away the dreaded winter willies? First of all, keep your head cool when it comes to Christmas shopping. Buy what you need, and set aside some money for later. You’ll feel better knowing that Christmas didn’t empty your bank account.
Second, instead of throwing off a glamorous party with tons of tipsy guests making noise around the house, the thing about inviting over your closest friends. Share a meal with them, indulge yourself in a glass or two of wine, crack a few jokes, play some board games, and talk about all the great moments you’ve shared.
As for the seasonal affective disorder, doctors recommend plenty of fresh air and light physical exercises. Take a quick stroll around the block in the morning or, if you have a cardio bike, try to ride it for at least 30 minutes every day.
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