Are you feeling sad or blue because you think winter may never end? My feelings are more of disbelief with every new announcement of more snowfall. If these feelings are affecting your life style you may want to check with your doctor.
S.A.D. is caused by the long dreary winter days without enough exposure to sunlight. It’s a true form of depression. I’m sure with the winter we have had this year there may be some extra cases.
How can you tell if you have S.A.D.?
Some symptoms are:
Loss of libido
Depression-feelings of gloom
Craving carbohydrates and or sweets
Social problems – not wanting to be around people
What can you do about it if you are feeling any of these things? See a doctor if you think you have S.A.D.
Teens Health recommends these five ways to fight depression.
1.) Exercise (15-30 minutes a day, everyday.)
2.) Nurture yourself with good nutrition
3.) Identify troubles, but don’t dwell on them
4.) Express yourself (use your imagination(painting, drawing, doodling, sewing, writing, dancing, composing music, etc.)
5.) Look on the bright side. (make the effort to notice the good things in life. Begin with one thing and challenge yourself to think of more.)
Remember depression takes time to heal.
According to PubMed.gov
The natural ways to help with this disorder are:
St. Johns Wart
Keep your chin up the daylight hours are getting longer . . . Only Twenty Eight More Days until SPRING!
The beautiful spring came; and when Nature resumes her loveliness, the human soul is apt to revive also.—Harriet Ann Jacobs