Seasonal Affective Disorder or SAD is a type of depression that is linked to the season changes. Mostly, the people suffering from SAD tend to experience this disorder through the fall and winter months. SAD might show symptoms in spring and early summer as well.
This year has been very challenging for many in terms of mental health. The quarantine and decreased social interaction have made everyone suffer in different ways. It has definitely been tough staying confined in the house, mostly away from friends and, in many cases, even families. For people suffering from SAD in these times, especially during the lockdown, it’s even harder to deal with the disorder. Therefore, it is essential to know how you can keep on a check on your mental wellbeing.
Here are some ways you can help yourself or someone else:
Focus on your mental health and don’t be hesitant in asking for help
COVID-19 pandemic and quarantine had caused many to isolate themselves. The depressing winter nights and self-isolation has caused many to suffer a lot in terms of mental health.
According to a study, a decreased serotonin level is seen in people with less sun exposure. This, coupled with the pandemic’s isolation, causes emotional instability, and if you notice yourself suffering from this, you should ask for help.
Many therapists now offer their services over the phone and can actually help you with going through a hard time.
Find out ways in which you can creatively spend the time indoors without killing the fun
Although it’s definitely been very hard staying indoors away from your friends and away from all the outdoor activities, you can actually look for ideas in which you can spend your time indoors in a much innovative way. You can use this time to self-reflect and bond with your family.
In our busy schedule on normal days, we all do not get the time to do activities with our families. Take this as an opportunity. Cook together, try out new things, learn something new online, pick up online courses, or even redecorate your house to feel good about your surroundings.
It would be best if you also went out once in a while to interact with nature. Indulge yourself in activities that will keep you socially distant. Go for a jog, drive-in movies, and more but be sure to follow the COVID SOPs.
Plan a good activity for the night time
Winters definitely means gloomy, long nights, and an immense decrease in the daylight hours. This is one reason why SAD is so common during the winters because the sun doesn’t shine for as long as it does in summers.
To spend the time during the cold evenings better, it is recommended that you plan a good activity for the night time. You can plan with your family or do it alone. You can give yourself a pamper sess, play games with your friends online, or even catching up on your favorite TV shows with hot chocolate.
You should be well-aware of what impacts your mood and what boosts it to stay happy and healthy.
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