You might be suffering from Seasonal Affective Disorder, but don’t despair, there are ways and means to climb of a winter rut.
It is officially cold. It’s happened, there’s no denying it. It’s not just ‘chuck on a jumper’ cold, its chuck on three jumpers, two pairs of tights under your jeans (this is actually genius and would 10/10 recommend to a friend), a hat and a scarf.
Now, these are physical means of combatting the big freeze, but to tackle the transition of the seasons, we must think beyond the physical and delve into the emotional to form the ultimate winter shield.
Upon careful observation of the human species over the past 20 years, I have come to the conclusion that we are all generally nicer creatures once the recommended amount of Vitamin D has been met. When the hours of light are restricted, the rain seems to be incessant and temperatures don’t come above 5 degrees, I have found human beings to be on the whole, a lot less pleasant to be around.
S.A.D is a form of depression which arrives in tandem with the colder seasons
Of course, there are still those who thrive under a snow cloud. But if you do feel especially low during autumn and winter and seem to do so on a recurring annual loop, you might in fact be suffering from Seasonal Affective Disorder. S.A.D is a form of depression which arrives in tandem with the colder seasons. Symptoms include:
- a lack of energy
- finding it hard to concentrate
- not wanting to see people
- finding it difficult to sleep
- lack of a sex drive
- feeling more hungry
Aside from the need to have a higher calorie intake so our bodies can stay warm, a lot of people find winter weight gain a real issue due to an elevated desire to eat carb-heavy, sugary foods as a coping mechanism for the emotional strain winter poses.
It is so important, especially with busy schedules, for us all to acknowledge the legitimacy of this illness and how it affects people. Fear not, though! There are ways and means of fighting off the ‘winter blues’; very simple yet effective measures which will help us all to cope.
swap the gym for a walk or run outside for increased exposure to natural light
A healthy diet is crucial; although comfort eating might be a temporary fix, it will not actually make you feel better as a long-term fix. Exercise should also be a number one priority, though perhaps swap the gym for a walk or run outside for increased exposure to natural light. Walking is extremely beneficial for both your mental and physical health and doing it as much as you can will make a remarkable difference, just make sure you wrap up! (There is no bad weather, just bad clothing…)
The environment is also a huge factor, so head to a garden centre and stock up on house plants, not only will they brighten up your room, but they also have been proven to increase the release of endorphins (plus its really fun trying not to kill them!).
Now that the clocks have changed, let us indeed use the rhyme to help us remember, but also as a mantra for winter survival 101; lets all Spring forward to avoid Falling back.
Last modified: 29th October 2019