Are the dark days of autumn and winter make you want to hibernate? Do you want to eat greasy things, caloric and sleep all day? Since you may have the seasonal affective disorder (SAD), a type of depression that occurs at the same time every year, usually in winter.
Other symptoms include fatigue, lack of interest, lack of concentration and irritability. Some people describe it as being happy during the months of sun and the rest of the time they feel closed, inactive, and only hope that spring arrives.
The disorder is four times more common in women than men, and people in their twenties and forties are more susceptible. Fortunately, there are easy lifestyle solutions that can give you a boost. Follow these tips:
- Go outside every day, even if only for a short walk in the morning or at lunch.
- Take a vacation to a sunny spot to break the dark winter months.
- Use light therapy – using a light box that mimics the natural light to help you feel more energetic and happy.
Also remember to put all of your part to feel happier. This is to avoid situations that get you down or you become very anxious, like say an afternoon in a crowded mall. Looking for the company and the activities that make you really happy. Remember that small steps, always add up.