Let's Talk About S.A.D
Hey besties, autumn is among us and it can be a really exciting time. We start sourcing the closest pumpkin patch, hunting out our cosiest jumper and planning halloween outfits for 2 months before trying to scrabble something together 2 days prior to the 31st of October. However, this time can also be difficult for some. You may be familiar with the term SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder) which is a type of depression which comes and goes with seasonal patterns.
SAD Symptoms include:
- Persistent low mood
- Loss of pleasure or interest in normal everyday activities
- Feelings of despair, guilt and worthlessness
- Feeling lethargic and sleeping in the day
- Difficulty concentrating
- Decreased sex drive
What causes SAD:
Although the exact cause of SAD isn’t fully understood, it’s often due to reduced sun exposure due to shorter days. Theories suggest that the lack of sunlight can stop a part of the brain working called the hippocampus which may affect:
- Production of melanin
- Production of serotonin
- Your body’s internal clock
Ways to help with SAD:
- Practice self care rituals
- Change up your skincare routine, meditate or take a warm bath.
- Note your mood each day, what you think the causes are and things you’ve done to help.
- Exercise outside
- Even a quick walk outside will increases your exposure to natural light.
- Light therapy
- Using a light box is to provide extra light and make up for the shorter days.
- Take vitamin D supplements
You should consider seeing you GP if you think you have SAD and it is affecting your day-to-day life.