It’s natural to feel a little sad about summer ending. But for some people, it can be a more serious problem. Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is a kind of depression that comes with the changing of the seasons. Most people with SAD begin to feel moody in the fall and winter. Over time, they feel like they have less energy. If you suffer from these problems, you might have SAD, too.
SAD is a very common disorder and there are things you can do to feel better. Pay attention to your diet. “Comfort food” can make you feel tired or sick. And don’t sit out on your life. It’s important to stay busy and connected to other people. Exercising and keeping an active schedule during the fall and winter months can help improve your mood.
To learn more about SAD, click here. If you think you are suffering from SAD, you should talk to your doctor. They might tell you to try new lights or a “dawn simulation” to trick your brain into thinking it’s a brighter season. They might also suggest therapy or medication to help you. No one knows the exact cause of SAD, but there are many things you can do to have a healthy and productive fall and winter.