Nov 17, 2017: Seasonal Affective Disorder or SAD is a common form of depression that is experienced during a particular time of the year. Most often, people with SAD experience depressive mood during autumn and winter months. Though the exact reasons are not known, some theories suggest that SAD may be caused by the reduction of daylight hours, which may disrupt our biological body clocks, which in turn may disturb circadian rhythms within our body.
Symptoms of SAD are similar to depression and include disturbed sleep patterns, difficulty in waking up, apathy, sadness and decreased physical activity. Natural alternatives and medications can provide short-term relief of some symptoms, but some sort of cognitive therapy is also recommended.
Treatment for SAD may include light therapy (phototherapy), psychotherapy and medications. Take steps to keep your mood and motivation steady throughout the year.
Make your environment sunnier and brighter. Open blinds, trim tree branches that block sunlight or add skylights to your home. Sit closer to bright windows while at home or in the office.
Get outside. Take a long walk, eat lunch at a nearby park, or simply sit on a bench and soak up the sun. Even on cold or cloudy days, outdoor light can help ? especially if you spend some time outside within two hours of getting up in the morning.
Exercise regularly. Exercise and other types of physical activity help relieve stress and anxiety, both of which can increase SAD symptoms. Being more fit can make you feel better about yourself, too, which can lift your mood.
Source: Anxiety and Depression Solutions
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