In the depths of winter with constant cold, dark, grey days, it’s easy to lose your mojo to hit the gym, socialise or even get out of your warm and cosy bed. For some people, this inability to be enthused with life can be more than just feeling a little bit flat and be far more debilitating.
Seasonal affective disorder (SAD) is a mood disorder in which people have normal mental health throughout most of the year but exhibit depressive symptoms at the same time each year, usually in winter.
What are the symptoms?
They are similar to those of depression
- Feeling hopeless or worthless
- Lack of energy
- Heaviness in limbs
- Low libido
- Change in sleeping patterns and feeling tired
- Lack of enjoyment in things you usually like doing
- Overeating and having cravings for carbohydrate
What causes it?
We think it is the lack of sunlight in winter months that affects our internal body clock, or circadian rhythm. Low sunlight leads to lower levels of our natural serotonin and melatonin hormones which affects our mood, appetite and sleep.
What can we do about it?
- Get out in the sun every day, whether it be in one of Dr Kyle’s signature Hawaiian shirts, Dr Kinga’s ski get-up, or rugged up to your eyeballs in home knitted woollies
- Exercise regularly
- Take it easy with the red wine as this further worsens your sleep quality
- Guided meditation and relaxation exercise
|If this all sounds familiar or you are feeling really low and need to talk to someone, don’t hesitate to book an appointment with one of our experienced doctors today.