In the cold and foggy weather during winters, feeling low or having mood swings is quite common. Seasonal Affective Disorder also is known as – SAD is a repetitive pattern which affects many people during gloomy weather conditions.
- Persistent low mood
- Loss of interest in normal everyday activities
- Not feeling like doing anything
- Feelings of despair, guilt and worthlessness
- Feeling lethargic and sleepy during the day
- Sleeping for longer than normal
- Craving carbohydrates and gaining weight
Young individuals and females are at a higher risk of developing – SAD. It can translate into feelings of sadness lethargy, hopelessness and loss of appetite. The problem may increase if not managed timely.
- Try to engage in the recreational activities or hobbies
- Spend time with family and friends
- Exercise may help to elevate mood
- Do moderate level of exercise regularly
- Avoid alcohol and tobacco
- Eat small frequent meals
- Take adequate fluids
- Yoga and meditation may be helpful
- Exposure to sunlight
- Wake up early and sleep early
- Maintain an active lifestyle
Staying physically active, exposure to sunlight, taking a nutritious diet and keeping busy during winter may be helpful in keeping your mood bright and cheerful.