You can call it the winter blues… or maybe it’s more than that. If you deal with less energy and a lower mood during certain times of the year, it could be Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). According to the Mayo Clinic, it is an actual form of depression that happens with the changes in daylight and the weather. Around 4 to 6 percent of people have SAD, according to the American Academy of Family Physicians. As many as 20 percent may have a mild form of it. And I’ll admit, I’m not immune to it. So what are some ways to beat the winter blues?
Honestly, I have been diagnosed with Major Depressive Disorder. But I do think my issues are made even worse during the long, cold winter days. There’s nothing worse than going to work in the dark, and coming home in the dark. Although, now, as part of the Kicks Wake Up Krew, I do at least get to come home in the daylight. And I’m grateful for that!
But the weather plays a big role in it for me too. I HATE the cold. And it’s so hard for me to get motivated to do anything. I’d much rather stay at home, in bed or on the couch, snuggled up with my pups. When it comes to my running, it’s even harder for me to get outside and train. I default to the treadmill a lot during the winter, even though I need to prep my body for my upcoming half marathon.
The Mayo Clinic lists some of the symptoms of SAD:
- Feeling listless, sad, or down – most of the day, almost every day.
- Losing interest in things you once enjoyed.
- Low energy/feeling sluggish.
- Difficulty concentrating
- Feeling hopeless
The truth is, SAD can affect you in Fall/Winter, but it can also affect you in Spring and Summer.
One of the first things you want to do if you believe you’re struggling with SAD is to talk to your doctor. Depending on the severity, the doctor may recommend medication or some type of therapy. But there are a few things you can do if you’re dealing with just a bit of SAD.
Beat The Winter Blues
Here are a few tips to help when your energy is low and you’re feeling a little down, according to Everyday Health.