Fighting winter depression

Repeated depressive symptoms during the dark winter months from October to January may be a sign of seasonal affective disorder (SAD), also known as winter depression.

The symptoms include:

  • daytime fatigue,
  • slump in mood, irritability
  • decreased level of general activity,
  • decreased level of physical activity,
  • indefinite aches and pains
  • excessive sleep, poor sleep quality or insomnia and
  • abnormal craving for sugary foods (increased need of carbohydrates).

The symptoms can vary considerably between individuals.

Tips for beating the winter blues:

  • Exercise regularly, get plenty of fresh air and relax.
  • Get enough sleep and maintain a regular daily and weekly schedule.
  • Make sure you’re getting enough vitamin D.
  • Increase your exposure to natural light by walking outdoors in the daytime. Light therapy can also be helpful.
  • Remember that tiredness may lead people to exaggerate their problems and the winter gloom.

The dark winter months can be a challenging time.Meet your friends and family to share your feelings and find ways to raise your spirits!