Time to pack up the bikini’s and break out the boots, triple fat goose, and first downs baby! (oops I’m telling my age) While some of us love fall for the fashion and cooler temperatures, a lot of people are experiencing feelings of sadness and depression as a result of suffering from Fall Blues or Seasonal affective disorder (SAD).
What in the world is SAD (Fall Blues) and what are the symptoms?
I’m glad you asked! Seasonal affective disorder is marked by the onset of depression during the late fall and early winter months, usually when less natural sunlight is available. Basically the gloom and doom feeling people experience when daily body rhythms become out-of-sync because of reduced sunlight.
ARE YOU SAD OR NAH???
The Fall Blues or SAD is usually self-diagnosable and symptoms include fatigue, depression, hopelessness, and social withdrawal.
Other Symptoms Include….
Mood: anxiety, apathy, general discontent, loneliness, loss of interest, mood swings, or sadness
Sleep: excess sleepiness, insomnia, or sleep deprivation
Whole body: appetite changes or fatigue
Behavioral: irritability or social isolation
If you SAD as a mother…. Here’s why! SAD is diagnosed 4 times more often in women than men!
YOUR KIDS could also be affected Sis because younger adults have a higher risk of SAD than older adults. SAD has even been reported in children and teens.
For more information on SAD visit National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)
Start Beating the Fall Blues Today
Treatments and Therapies
1. Use Light Therapy
Since Fall Blues is fundamentally about lack of sunlight (not lower temperatures), getting out on sunny days as much as possible is a very effective form of treatment. Another method of light therapy would be the use of light boxes, lamps, and visors as a “sun replacement.”
2. Don’t skip the greens
Since you’ll be mainly craving carbs, try balancing out the amount carbs you eat with fruits and vegetables so you avoid the risk of gaining unwanted weight during the winter months.
3. Spend Time Outdoors
Spending time outdoors can combat the feeling of wanting to hibernate or lock yourself inside until spring. This can also increase your energy level and overall mood.
4. Go On A Vacation
Taking a Vacation to a sunny climate could be a great way to alleviate the symptoms of SAD and also help to break up the long winter.
Many people who suffer from Fall Blues take antidepressants seasonally, starting in the fall and then weaning off of them in the spring. If you think you could benefit from antidepressants, make an appointment with a psychiatrist or your primary-care physician.
How many of us have already heard somebody say they are NOT looking forward to fall or they hate winter is on the way?!…..make sure you SHARE this with them. Tell them I said don’t be sad about it get glad about it! Well until next time ya’ll….I’ve got to unpack my scarf collection, deuces.
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