Winter Blues

Posted 11/02/2017 | By HealthCorps

As the leaves turn beautiful hues of orange red and yellow, and the days get shorter, we witness a phenomenon called Seasonal Affective Disorder or the winter blues.  The changing of season this time of year can guarantee less sunlight, colder outdoor temperatures and what was seen mostly in older adults known as Winter depression is affecting more and more teens and young adults.

Seasonal affective disorder is characterized by increased sleep and fatigue, weight gain, increased food intake, and feeling of hopelessness.  In teens grades may suffer, and there may be a lack of interest in school and extracurricular activities.

What are 5 ways to combat Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)?  You can beat it by these few suggestions:

 

Go outside in the sunlight

The days are shorter so take advantage of every hour the sun is shining.  Soaking up the sun increases Vitamin D intake.

Engage in physical activities

Exercising releases a hormone called endorphins. Endorphins trigger a positive feeling.  Not only will you feel better emotionally but also you will look great and get in shape.

Get a study partner

When you have the winter blues your grades may slip so what better way to get back on the saddle than to get a study partner?  You are held accountable and friendly competition is healthy.

Talk

Seek a counselor, teacher, a parent, a friend or someone you feel comfortable expressing your feelings to.

Interact

Incorporate activates which promote human interaction like sports, games, and other social activities.  Watching television alone, playing one-man videogames, may cause loneliness and feelings of depression.

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