Leaves changing colors, pumpkin everything, chilly weather… it’s easy to say that Fall is here! Last weekend was Daylight Savings ⏰, and with the days getting darker at an earlier time, people may start to notice a change in their mood. Many will start to feel fatigued, sleeping more, unmotivated, and not wanting to go out anywhere.
These are some of the symptoms of S.A.D (Seasonal Affective Disorder). S.A.D is a type of depression that occurs around the same time each year and can last up to four months. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, millions of Americans may suffer from S.A.D and not even realize it. In the office, we may start work when it is dark 🌇 outside, and by the time we leave the sunset has already taken place. S.A.D can be caused by the lack of sunlight we receive and the change of weather.
How is it treated? 🤷♂️
Since S.A.D is mostly weather and light deficiency driven, take the opportunity to go out on a walk during lunch time or right before the sun 🌞 goes down. Some experts recommend taking Vitamin D, but always check with your primary doctor first.
Another tip is setting up a routine, which can be very beneficial to the body. For example, waking up at the same time each morning and going straight to the gym or meditating.
On the weekends, take the time to really care for yourself and do activities you enjoy outside (hiking, cycling, picnic at the park). If it gets too cold ❄, blast some music inside the house or listen to your favorite podcast.
Many places in the community are open again and are hosting events; this is a great opportunity to get out of the house and do something fun! 💃🎨🥾 Sign up for an event near you and let us know how it went!
Remember to always talk to your healthcare provider about what options are best for you.
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