Seasonal Affective Disorder: It’s a Real Thing!

Taylor Williams, Staff Writer

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We are now approaching this time of the year, and “Seasonal Depression” is on the up-rise. With colder weather, physiologically, some people start to feel more lonely. Since sunlight exposure is a big factor, studies show that you are more prone to the (SAD) disorder the farther north you live, which derives from the winter days being shorter.Some potential signs of this are fatigue, feelings of hopelessness, and difficulty concentrating, etc.

Best ways to battle this:

-Spend at least 30 minutes outside a day, whether it’s a walk, a run, or just sitting outside

-Dress what comforts you and what keeps you warm

-Use a diffuser or a candle in your room to calm yourself

-Take care of plants, like succulents! It gives you something to look forward to

-Keep yourself occupied. Don’t spend long periods of time alone

-Watch Christmas movies and make cookies!

-Self-care like face masks, hair masks, drinking hot tea, etc.

 

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