Are You Suffering From Winter Blues!

 

 

Are You Suffering From Winter Blues!

 

 


Did you know that the climate that you are in makes a huge difference in the way your mental state is? Many people have been a victim of this phenomenon. This is called as the seasonal affective disorder. This could especially be seen during the winters, when the climate is quite gloomy and the body generally feels a tad bit too lazy unlike in summers to be more active while going about doing your things. It's thought to occur when daily body rhythms become out-of-sync because of the reduced sunlight. Cold temperatures generally make it all too easy to curl up on the couch and let your active lifestyle take a backseat. Some people have depression year round that gets worse in the winter. While for others they have seasonal affective disorder alone, as they struggle with low moods only in the cooler, darker months.


Researchers found this tendency to have seasonal mood and behavior changes occurs in different degrees, sometimes with mild changes and other times severe mood shifts. Symptoms of this disorder include a tendency to oversleep, crying spells, loss of appetite or overeating, morning sickness and lethargy. Other manifestations include difficulty in completing tasks and interacting with family and friendsas well as repulsion to social activities. These inturn lead to depression, existential crisis, a feeling of helplessness, lack of motivation and will to engage in activities. If the winter blues is about lack of daylight, it’s no surprise that treatment involves getting more light into your life. If you feel low in winter, get outside as often as you can, especially on bright days. Sitting by a window can also help.

 

Winters are when the family gets together too for a long holiday and you're overwhelmed with family obligations. This could also be one of the reasons to lead to the disorder. But it's entirely within your power to decline any stress. If you just can't avoid sitting next to a relative that drives you crazy, take a deep breath before engaging in conversation with her, this according to research decreases your anxiety and stress levels. Moving around is helpful to everyone's mood. It's common knowledge that regular exercise holds the power to lift your spirits, so be active. Researchers found that even a single exercise session at any intensity can increase positive mood feelings and decrease the negative ones. And let go of things that are not under your control and this will ease out the stress levels to a great extent.


..Divya