A simple action that we take for granted and yet is so important for our mood and relaxation. Breathing correctly and deeply has massive benefits for your health. See some techniques and its benefits in the infographic below.
In the depths of winter, with daylight slipping away before evening and temperatures barely hitting the freezing mark, many couples face a different kind of seasonal change: seasonal affective disorder. The psychological condition known as SAD is characterized as a major depression that arrives in the fall or winter and lifts in the spring or summer.
Here are 12 ways you can try to ease the winter blues:
Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) may have one of the most appropriate acronyms ever created. It’s a mental health condition that’s actually a form of depression that occurs seasonally—typically during the fall and winter, when the days are darker and colder. It’s a surprisingly common problem, with about 5% of the US population suffering from SAD each year. Understandably, people living in the northern areas of the country are more likely to suffer from SAD than those living closer to the equator. More women are affected by SAD than men, at a ratio of about 3:1. Though most people with SAD experience symptoms in the fall and winter, a rare few begin to be affected during the spring, with symptoms lasting through summer.
So what are the symptoms of SAD? Because the condition is a form of depression, the symptoms are similar, and can include:
- Fatigue and lack of energy
- Suicidal thoughts
- Sleep problems
- Problems concentrating
- Changes in appetite
Though SAD is seasonal and partially influenced by changes in hormones like serotonin and melatonin that are influenced by sunlight, that doesn’t mean that people who suffer from the problem have to just wait for it to pass. Visiting a primary care doctor or mental health professional for diagnosis is the first step. Then, treatment options like light therapy, medication, and psychotherapy can be used to help ease the symptoms of SAD. Patients should also consider natural therapies like exercise, supplements, and even aromatherapy. If you think you might have SAD, you don’t have to suffer in silence!
It’s not news that having an animal friend has its benefits since teaches you to be responsible for someone who is always happy to see you, who keeps you company without prejudice and even can help you being more outgoing and improves your mood. Through Happify’s infographic you’ll learn that, besides all the above, your pet affects your emotional wellbeing. Check it out below to learn how and why they make us happier: