With the excitement of the holidays passing and the cold of winter settling in, you may notice a change in your general attitude and perspective. You may begin to feel fatigued or depressed with little motivation to drive your daily tasks. But you’re not alone in this; in fact 4 to 6 percent of Americans experience the same thing during the Winter months. Due to shorter days with less sun light and a lack of outdoor activities, many people find themselves feeling down or discouraged during this time of year.
This is something called Seasonal Affective Disorder. The title seems overwhelming but what it breaks down to is the lack in sunlight exposure can contribute to the levels of serotonin in your brain, leaving you feeling tired and unmotivated. But don’t be discouraged! These months will come and go quickly and we have some information to share with you to help ease you through them.
What are the signs:
- Lack of energy
- Trouble Concentrating
- Lack in Motivation
What are the solutions:
- Get as much natural daylight as you can
- Talk to your doctor about a vitamin D supplement to make up for loss of sunlight
- Talk with your doctor about phototherapy
- This is a fancy term for light therapy. There are lights that simulate the sunshine and can help supplement for the lack in natural sunlight
And of course, if your Seasonal Affective Disorder is becoming a disruption in your life, Contact us at Cornerstone Counseling to schedule an appointment with one of our counselors. We would be happy to guide you through coping with this tricky time of year!