Ok so we all have experienced this in our lives and as Arthur Miller beautifully says “IT’S ALL IN THE HEAD”. Most of the people reading this article must have experienced that they get depressed or sad in winters.
For some people who suffer from depression all year along, the intensity just rises to a new level in winters. There are a number of reasons associated with that and researchers are still trying their best to get more information about this topic.
First of all what has been researched and put forward is the Seasonal Affective Disorder which is also known as SAD as well.
The people who are suffering from this disorder tend to get depressed and sad and even panic and anxiety attacks in some cases during the winter season.
There are a number of reasons for why people get SAD or just simply feel down in winters and we will have a look at a few of them now.
- Lack Of Sunlight
- Change Of Routine
- Change In Diet
- Long Nights
- Body Clock Changings
- Too Much Rest
The first and foremost reason for this fact is actually scientifically proven that sunlight plays a major role in our general behavior and even in our life as well.
If our body does not get enough sunlight then we can surely suffer from SAD. Our body fails to get the nutrients that are supplied to us by the sunlight and hence the body reacts negatively to that. Moreover, let’s be very honest no one likes a foggy day for too long right?
Our body is set up in such a way that it is functioned to work with the sunlight. E.g we know that there is an imaginary unit in our body that has been installed by God and that is the Body clock.
According to the body clock of our body we should get up when it’s sunny out there and just simply do whatever we are supposed to do but in winters that body clock of our body completely changes sometimes because in a lot of areas, there isn’t a ray of sunlight for a number of days and that literally blasts away our body clock and we are left being depressed and feeling sad about it.
There is also another aspect of things to look at and that is the diet in winters. Obviously with the advent of winters the diet completely changes. There are certain foods that are known to cheer our mood up but during winters there is a completely different diet that we have to follow. Due to this reason perhaps the body does not react very positively and hence we start to feel low and bad about everything around us.
Obviously food is our fuel and when that changes, it is surely going to change everything about the system of the body as well.
One last thing that should be discussed is how winters sometimes makes us a bit lazy.
Suppose you went into bed with your blanket on and had a good night’s sleep. You have set an alarm for yourself to get up at around 5 AM in the morning to go for either running or to the gym.
Let’s be very honest with ourselves, if we do not have a very very strong will power or a goal that we badly want to achieve then there is no way that you are going to get out of your bed right?
This is quite natural. No human being likes to leave the cozy environment of his bed to get up and do whatever he has planned. This is how the laziness creeps in and upon not being able to achieve our goals, we get depressed and sad.
These are the few reasons that can cause depression or simply a sad mood in winters. But, now we will have a look at some of the things that can help you get out of it.
- Develop some good hobbies
All you need to do is to develop some good hobbies and they can be following.
- Book reading.
- Going for a walk.
- Playing chess.
- Spending time with friends.
- Go on hiking
These few things can really help you clear up your mind and look at a more positive side of things. This will also help you to get your mind off the mishaps or shortcomings that you are facing in your life at the moment and also help you develop some wonderful memories.
2) Go to gym or play your favorite sport
Going to the gym and working hard is always a good option. It has scientifically been proved that working out releases different hormones that help you to feel better about life in general and also about yourself.
Even if you are not a huge gym fan or don’t want to spend money on the membership then you can either workout at home with your body weight or even play your favorite physical sport.
A healthy body will surely help you get a healthy mind.
If nothing seems to work out and you feel like that you need to get some medical treatment then don’t wait for long and start taking antidepressants after consulting with your doctor.
Never try to act smart and start using antidepressants just because you are feeling down. Always contact your doctor, discuss the complete situation with him and then do what he prescribes. We really hope that this article helps you to fight against SAD as well the depression during winters so you can enjoy this beautiful gift of nature as well.