Did you know sunshine - or lack of it - can actually affect your mood? When we consistently enjoy sunshine, we are more likely feeling happy. Lack of sunshine, especially during the winter months, can cause a progressive melancholy mood.
It is common to experience symptoms of seasonal affective disorder (SAD) that starts in the beginning of the dusky season of fall and increases during the dark months of winter. As spring comes into view, one usually starts to feel better; and as the sunny summer months come along, one usually feels they are getting back to their normal self again. However, it is very common for the SAD cycle to repeat itself again the next New Year.
Thomas J. Boud, MD, states SAD symptoms can include “depression, hopelessness, anxiety, loss of energy, social withdrawal, fatigue and oversleeping, loss of interest in activities, carbohydrate and sugar cravings, weight gain, and difficulty concentrating."
The positive aspect is that there are skills and techniques one can learn and use to work through SAD, to diminish the cycle!
For questions, information, and therapy on recognizing and preventing SAD, contact Monica Forsman, M.Ed., LAPC at Resilient Solutions, Inc., in Bountiful, Utah.