Feeling depressed and under the weather lately without any apparent reason? Finally, researchers found out why this happens especially during the winter.
As the weather gets colder and the days get shorter, many people experience changes in feelings of wellbeing and energy or sleep and eating patterns. The winter blues or February blahs are pretty standard. But for some, the negative changes are even more powerful and become a form of clinical depression called SAD.
Depression is a condition that reportedly affects 1 in 10 Americans at one point or another, and the incidence of depression is higher in some states than others.
The World Health Organization considers depression the fourth leading cause of disability worldwide and expects it to become the second leading cause of disability worldwide by 2020. No worries though – in the next 30 seconds you’ll learn how to avoid this 100%.
What is Seasonal Affective Disorder?
Seasonal Affective Disorder, commonly known as SAD, is a type of depression that affects people during the winter months. Between October and April, a growing number of people have symptoms of Seasonal Affective Disorder, and a further 20% have a milder version known popularly as the ‘winter blues.’ Interestingly, SAD is diagnosed four times more often in women than men.
The main symptoms of Seasonal Affective Disorder
Apart from a low immune system (which brings nasty colds, infections, and other illnesses), people suffering from SAD experience some of the following:
- Sleepiness during the day or oversleeping;
- Lack of energy for routine activities;
- Overeating and putting on weight;
- Feeling depressed; sometimes helplessness and despair;
- Unwillingness to see people or to socialize;
- Anxiety, tension, and irritability;
- Lack of interest in sex or physical contact.
Melt away SAD and trigger happiness with this easy trick
There are a lot of remedies for depression. And most of them require taking a form of medication if things are complicated. But for the most of us, here’s a simple, yet life-changing remedy that works wonders. Totally free and with instant results.
If you experience a mellow or sad mood during the long winter months, all you have to do is to turn up the light a little bit more inside your home. That’s it!
The lack of sunlight causes winter depression. Therefore, light therapy is frequently used and recommended by specialists.
PS: a study published in Applied Research in Quality of Life notes that vacation planners felt cheered for two months before leaving for the actual trip. So, why don’t you take a couple of days off and turn your gray mood sunny?