The vibe of the winter season can be really pleasant but often it can be seen that some people tend to fall into depression because of the cold, gloom and low energy during this time of the year. Seasonal affective disorder (SAD), is a type of depression which is mostly prevalent in the cold season and is usually reported during the winter seasons and gets better by spring and summer. The symptoms include feeling sad or worthless most of the day, losing interest in activities you once enjoyed, feeling sluggish, experiencing cravings, and feeling hopeless among others.
People may also face problems while falling asleep have poor appetite, anxiety during spring and summer SAD. To stay away from winter depression here are some effective strategies that you can follow:
Winter depression – How to stay away from it?
Exposure to Sunlight
Sunlight can help not only to absorb Vitamin D but also help the brain release a hormone called serotonin which is associated with boosting mood and easing anxiety. One must spend a good amount of time under the sun as limited exposure to sunlight can impact mood and disrupt circadian rhythms, contributing to conditions like Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD).
Regular physical activity
Winter season doesn’t allow one to move out of their beds and engage in regular physical activities but regular exercise can generate the happy hormones in your body keeping you away from winter depression. So, never skip exercise no matter how gloomy the day looks.
Stay socially connected
One should take time to get close to their peers and nurture their relationships and friendships during the cold season and can also reach out for support whenever needed as it can help to a great extent in navigating the emotional challenges that may arise during the colder, darker months.
One should also practice mindfulness, self-care and other such positive habits as it can help them to stay away from winter depression. Using less social media and savouring nutrient-rich foods can help to stay positive.
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The potential impact of winter
An individual can adopt certain mechanisms that can help them to keep fit and better maintain a positive mindset and overall well-being during this season. Find what suits you and plan accordingly.