As the seasons change, so can our moods and energy levels. For some, the onset of winter can bring a condition known as Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). SAD is a form of depression that typically occurs during the fall and winter months, when daylight hours are shorter. The decrease in sunlight exposure during this time can disrupt our internal clock and may lead to feelings of depression. This lack of sunlight may also affect brain chemicals like serotonin and melatonin, which can cause disturbances in sleep and mood.
While it can be challenging to navigate the “winter blues,” there are evidence-based self-care strategies to help manage and alleviate the symptoms of SAD.