After the holidays, we sometimes feel a bit more tired and sluggish. This could lead us to staying indoors more often, and experience excess fatigue. What is going on with your body? What about Seasonal Affective Disorder? It is a type of depression that is related to the amount of sunlight one is exposed to. It is more common in women than men, usually in their 20s. Because we look in the mirror and see ourselves every day, we tend to focus on our physical appearance. It takes a little bit more to focus on the inside, the appearance of us emotionally and mentally.
Here are a few symptoms of SAD:
- Increased appetite and weight gain
- Increased sleep
- Increased irritability
- Less energy and ability to concentrate
- Loss of interest in work or other activities
- Social withdrawal
They do say “easier said than done,” but here are a few baby steps you can take to help relieve these symptoms:
- Have a positive attitude
- Spending time with friends and family
- Physically absorb sunlight, (open blinds, step out for a few minutes, etc.)
- Manage your stress level
- Exercise moderately (set achievable goals for yourself, don’t over do it!)
Your emotional and mental health is just as important as your physical health, so be sure to consult your physician or medical practitioner if you have these symptoms. Although it may not occur to us on a daily basis, healthy beauty includes what we project from the inside out. The next time you or someone you know is feeling a little “under-the-weather,” maybe take them outside, even if it’s just for a few minutes!