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Dealing with Seasonal Depression

Dealing with Seasonal Depression

Hello reader, to start off this blog post, this is not to diagnose anyone with any form of depression. If you are experiencing any difficulty in life, please reach out to a professional for more information and ways of overcoming any worries you may have. 

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As time continues to speed past us, colder temperatures are fastly approaching and the beloved “sweater weather” will soon start. However, the Fall and Winter seasons do not always seem like a breeze to many, many experience seasonal depression depending on their location and climate.

Seasonal depression can be defined as “a form of depression triggered by changes in daylight and weather that occur primarily in winter.” Seasonal affective disorder (SAD) often can affect the body’s circadian rhythm according to some experts. The body’s circadian rhythm is the 24-hour rhythm our body is accustomed to for waking up and sleeping hours. Experts also theorize SAD changes hormones, like serotonin and melatonin, causing a deregulation in sleep and overall mood.

Here are some ways to deal with SAD:

-Light therapy

-Speak with a doctor

-Exercise

-Set a sleep schedule

-Add aromatherapy 

-Practice stress management

-Socialize

Don’t be afraid to use these various forms of mechanisms to find out what fits your schedule and needs these fall and winter seasons.

 

Sources:

-https://www.everydayhealth.com/depression/treatment/ways-to-ease-seasonal-depression/

-https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/seasonal-affective-disorder/diagnosis-treatment/drc-20364722


Photo Source: https://www.science.org/content/article/how-i-learned-cope-seasonal-affective-disorder-grad-school

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