It’s that time of year when you just want to overdose on Peppermint Mochas then curl into a ball and nap until March.
Being in Vancouver, our sun doesn’t rise until after you arrive at work in the morning, and it sets well before you head out the door, bound for home. This leads to many of us becoming Gloomy Guses and Debbie Downers. The effect of the change of season, time and temperature actually has a name: “SAD” or “Seasonal Affective Disorder”.
“…also known as winter depression, is an affective, or mood, disorder. Most SAD sufferers experience normal mental health throughout most of the year, but experience depressive symptoms in the winter…” [wiki]
Symptoms could be: fatigue, increased need for sleep (I’m a total over-sleeper lately), decreased levels of energy, weight gain (where the Peppermint Mochas come into play), increase in appetite, and difficulty concentrating.
So just how do we deal with the SAD blues? Eat some protein, cause it makes you happy (ie. eggs for breakfast are tasty and contain 13 vitamins minus vitamin C), and try to get as much sunlight as you can or even turn on some more lights in the house (making sure they’re CFL‘s eh).
If your symptoms begin to seriously affect your everyday life, consult your doctor or mental health professional.
What do I do? Pretty much everything listed above AND I make sure when I get to work that I put on my headphones and crank some rockin’ tunes. The International Noise Conspiracy saved me today. That’s for sure.
Basically for SAD sufferers, try to sustain a well-balanced diet, work in some exercise during the week, stay involved with social activities, and get outside even if it’s cloudy (tanning beds are not helpful in this regard) – the effects of daylight still work wonders. [source: Cleveland Clinic]