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:
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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!
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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:
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Originally Published as 25 Science-Backed Ways to Feel Happier on Greatist.com
Even as children, we’re taught to recognize and celebrate feelings of happiness—and it’s no wonder. Not only is happiness one of the most positive emotions we can experience, but being happy is also the key to a fulfilled, healthy life. Plus, cheeriness is linked to living longer, how hard we work, physical function as we age, and an improved immune system, among other health benefits.
While it’s hard to define (especially since it varies from person to person), some experts describe happiness as “a combination of life satisfaction and having more positive emotions than negative emotions,” while others view it as consisting of three parts: feeling good, living a “good life,” and feeling part of a larger purpose. There’s also a distinct difference between short- and long-term happiness: The former is a fleeting feeling, while the latter applies to how we describe our own lives.
While some factors that affect happiness might be outside of our control (such as genetics or certain life circumstances), there are always actions we can take to amp up our own good feelings. To smile wider, be more satisfied with life, and feel altogether better—both in the present and the future—try introducing any (or all!) of these practices into your life. Continue reading “Practical Ways to Feel Happy”