Have you ever had one of those moments when you feel like you’re in a really sad music video, gazing out of the window, watching the raindrops falling on the ground? Just me then?! Well, I was about 16 at the time…
Seasonal Affective Disorder (or SAD) is a mood disorder, which is effected by the change in the seasons and is usually linked with depressive symptoms. People with ‘normal’ mentalities can experience SAD and, whilst symptoms can be severe, it has been known to rectify itself as the seasons change.
According to SADA (the Seasonal Affective Disorder Association):
“Most sufferers show signs of a weakened immune system during the winter, and are more vulnerable to infections and other illnesses.
SAD symptoms disappear in spring, either suddenly with a short period (e.g. four weeks) of hypomania or hyperactivity, or gradually, depending on the intensity of sunlight in the spring and early summer.
In sub-syndromal SAD, symptoms such as tiredness, lethargy, sleep and eating problems occur, but depression and anxiety are absent or mild. SAD may begin at any age but the main age of onset is between 18 and 30 years.
SAD occurs throughout the northern and southern hemispheres but is extremely rare in those living within 30 degrees of the Equator, where daylight hours are long, constant and extremely bright.
A full list of symptoms is available on the SADA website >link here< and you have the option to become a member, in order to help control these feelings that you may experience over the seasons – as always, if you’re feeling really, really sad for no reason at all, you should consult with your doctor. I’ve been searching in Pinterest and I found this awesome banner with facts about SAD.
Why am I bringing this up now, you may be thinking to yourself? This isn’t beauty or food related! Well, I’m not being funny, but we’ve had some crazy weird weather in the UK recently. Snow in March. Sun on a bank holiday weekend, but then back to rain and drizzle as soon as we’re back to work. Honestly, I’m hoping that we’re going to get a sunnier summer; I really think that the depressing weather has been affecting my mood and probably everyone else’s. I just don’t really seem as motivated as perhaps I would in the summer. Even if I have been going to the gym and busting my gut to lose weight for the summer!
Again with my trusty friend, Pinterest, I’ve found some ways to beat those ‘seasonal blues’ that we’ve all been experiencing! And there’s SIXTY of ’em!
So if you’re feeling down, give a few of those a go and see if it makes you happier in your day-to-day life! Or the other alternative is that, maybe….