Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is a type of depression that follows the seasons. It’s usually related to the lack of vitamin D you get in the winter due to the sun being much less present. It usually starts in the Fall and goes through winter, hitting this time at its hardest.
The symptoms for SAD are pretty similar to the symptoms of normal depression.
Loss of emotion
Loss of appetite
General feelings of hopelessness
There are ways to counter SAD however, and these might be helpful for anyone with depression.
Get a SAD Lamp
First it’s helpful to just laugh at the name. But seriously, a lamp specifically for those with Seasonal Affective Disorder can be a big help. What this lamp does is it mimics the light of the sun, and giving your body the vitamin D it’s craving.
This light will make you feel a little more energized and more alert. Our bodies are used to working in the daytime and resting at night, and historically, we never worked as much in the winters as we do now.
This shift in work habits that’s only as recent as the industrial age in the 19th century is a big reason why SAD is so widespread.
Get a Massage
A massage is a great way to reset your body, increase energy, and decrease anxiety. The increased blood flow from a massage helps your body become more active and will increase the production of positive biochemicals in your body. Combine this with a SAD lamp and you’re well prepared for the winter.
Depression sucks, and winter can be a terrible time for people with SAD. But there are steps you can take to make it better.