Some people dislike the winter. The dip in the mercury and the long dark hours make them gloomy. In common parlance, this depressive state of mind is called winter blues. In medical terms, it is known as seasonal affective disorder (SAD).
Seasonal affective disorder could affect anybody, at any age. Even children can be affected by winter blues. Winter depression usually begins in fall and might persist through the winter, finally subsiding in spring or early summer.
The recurrent depression might not follow the same pattern in all sufferers. Some might experience winter blue from August, whereas others might experience a low for a brief period during January. The severity of the depression varies from person to person. Although, seasonal affective disorder usually occurs during winter, a small number of people could undergo seasonal depression even in spring or early summer.
Causes of seasonal affective disorder
What causes seasonal affective disorder is not clearly known. Mental health experts believe that changes in the level of sunshine could disrupt the biological clock of the body, causing depression. Seasonal depression might also occur from changes in the secretion of serotonin and melatonin. Women are most vulnerable to seasonal depression. Genetics might play a role in developing seasonal depression. The further you are away from the equator greater is the risk of developing seasonal affective disorder.
Remedies for seasonal affective disorder
To beat the winter blues, enhance the brightness of your surrounding. Intense light therapy is recommended for treating severe seasonal depression. Therapists expose SAD patients to bright sources of light, equivalent to early morning sunlight, for about 20 to 60 minutes. To treat seasonal depression naturally, open the blinds of your windows and allow more sunlight to enter your room. Chop tree branches that obstruct sunlight from entering your room. While working, sit near a window. Spend as much time as possible outdoors in the sun. Regular exercises could help to lift your mood. To calm your mind and reduce stress, meditation and breathing exercises could help you. Wear colorful dresses. Add colorful upholstery in your home. Painting the walls of your rooms with shades of warm and bright colors could help to lift your mood.