March 2: Winter Blues with Rose Melendez
While winter brings fun in the snow, it is also dreary and cold. Seasonal Affective Disorder or SAD may come about as a result of the weather, causing slow movement and sluggish behavior. This form of depression occurs as a result of the change in season and can last through the winter.
SAD or not, it is important to be active and ensure a balance in your everyday life. Consider adding healthy, balancing practices into your day. Go on a walk during your lunch break. UV rays stimulate your body to make vitamin D and exercise causes your body to release endorphins, or “feel good hormones”. Set manageable goals and use your time wisely. If symptoms persist, seek professional advice, as SAD can be treated. Don’t let the cold get you down, take up a winter sport or schedule a fun activity with friends or family. These activities can help you not only survive, but enjoy the winter months!
Did You Know?
- 3 out of 4 sufferers of SAD are women.
- As seasons change, so do our biological clocks as a result of sunlight patterns.
- Melatonin, which is produced at increased levels in the dark, is linked to the cause of SAD.
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