The holidays are over. Not what? It’s winter, we’re stuck inside, and the next day off isn’t until spring. It’s normal to feel a little down after the holidays, but if that “down” feeling lasts longer than a few days, or it seems to be happening with the changing seasons, you might want to talk to your doctor. It could be Seasonal Affective Disorder, or SAD.
Though SAD can happen with any of the seasons, it is typically seen during the winter. Symptoms include low energy, change in sleep or eating habits, having trouble concentrating, and feelings of worthlessness, among others.
Although no one seems to know why some people develop SAD, while others don’t, there seems to be a few consistent factors:
There are several treatments available for SAD sufferers, including light therapy, psychotherapy, medications, and stress management activities, such as meditation, exercise, yoga, and tai chi.
If the symptoms come and go, it could simply be a case of the winter blues. Though spring is the only real cure for that, we can keep ourselves happier and more positive by spending time with friends and family, start a new craft project, spend more time at the gym, take up yoga, or learn how to meditate.
It’s still a good idea to get the symptoms checked out with your doctor, especially if you notice you are losing or gaining weight, sleeping more than normal, and can’t seem to find the energy to do the things you once loved to do.