Mental Health Awareness Month: 7 Tips To Help You When You’re Feeling S.A.D.

It’s the second week May, but for some reason, Mother Nature is giving us full on February vibes. We all know that the weather has a huge impact on our daily moods. And most us who suffer from Seasonal Affective Disorder thought we were in the clear once April rolled around. But Nah.

Mental Health Awareness Month: 7 Tips To Help You When You’re Feeling S.A.D.

The attitude and behavior human beings is drastically affected by the chilly, darkness the Fall and Winter months. Although most people can adapt to the drastic seasonal shift, for some, cold, rainy weather brings a clinical form depression called seasonal affective disorder, a.k.a “SAD.” However, it’s not just the Winter seasons that can put us in a funk — Spring has a way heightening depression also.

“Just as the lack sunlight may alter brain levels certain mood-controlling chemicals — such as the hormone melatonin — in November, the same moody chemicals and their messengers get confused when the light comes out in the spring. In fact, ten percent people with seasonal affective disorder (SAD) experience symptoms in reverse: Once the weather turns warm, they grow melancholy.”- Everyday Health (2014)

According to Mental Health America, symptoms for SAD include:

Mood changes: extremes mood and, in some, periods mania in spring and summer

Depression: misery, guilt, loss self-esteem, hopelessness, diminished interest in activities, despair, and apathy

Anxiety: tension and inability to tolerate stress

Social Problems: irritability and desire to avoid social contact

Sleep Problems: desire to oversleep and difficulty staying awake or, sometimes, disturbed sleep and early morning waking

Feeling any these symptoms? You’re not alone. Hit the flip to check out these 7 tips to help you cope with Seasonal Affective Disorder.

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