Seasonal Affective Disorder, also referred to as winter blues or seasonal depression, is a common form of depression in the winter season which is known to affect more than half million people across the globe during winter months.
December, January and February registers most cases of Seasonal Affective Disorder. This seasonal mood disorder is more commonly observed in people who live in regions which are away from the equator.
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The change in climate causes fluctuation in the levels of melatonin and serotonin in the human body which triggers Seasonal Affective Disorder. Also, studies have shown that women are more prone to seasonal depression as compared to men.
The symptoms of Seasonal Affective Disorder differs from one person to another. However, the following are the most common symptoms observed with this health problem:
One feels like crying
Difficulty in maintaining focus
Aches in different parts of the body
Reduced sex drive
Low levels of activities
Binging on carbohydrates
There are many ways to treat the symptoms of seasonal depression. Home cures are known to completely cure seasonal affective disorder and the need to get medical care is diminished.
Including physical workout in your everyday routine is one of the most effective ways to treat winter blues. Jogging or running is one of the easiest ways to increase your physical activity levels. If time permits then join a gym and participate in strength training and cardiovascular exercises to keep depression at bay.
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Having a well balanced diet is another way to maintain your health and reduce the symptoms of seasonal depression. Include lots of fruits and vegetables, whole grains to reduce stress and avoid any chances of getting depression. Also, try and avoid caffeinated drinks, sugar and alcohol. These foods increase the symptoms of seasonal depression.
Have Vitamin enriched diet. Try to meet your body’s Vitamin need through proper diet first; however, taking multivitamins also helps. Ask your doctor to prescribe you a multivitamin that contains B6, folic acid as well as Thiamin. Research has indicated that Vitamin Bs helps in reducing depression.
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Feeling stressed out and experiencing high levels of anxiety is a common symptom of seasonal depression. There are many relaxation techniques and meditation methods that help in healing the mind and reducing stress. Start with a simple meditation technique and feel the stress go out of your body and mind yourself.
Seasonal depression is caused by reduced exposure to the sun. so make it a point to spend at least half an hour out in the sun. Also, make sure your house is well lit, dark rooms increases the symptoms of seasonal depression.
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Do make sure that you step out of your house everyday even if you don’t any work outside. Go for a walk or simply visit the nearby park. Fresh air helps in improving the mood greatly.