Just like feeling happy, sadness is also a feeling and it is very normal to feel sad. Sadness doesn’t mean that there is something wrong with our life. Feeling sad doesn’t always mean that you are depressed. Sometimes sadness could be a learned behavior and it could be changed when we work upon it. Sadness, as a negative emotion, can be useful by helping you slow down and accept reality.

But when feeling sad becomes seasonal, like, you feel sad in a particular season, it could be SAD disorder_Seasonal Affective Disorder. It is a type of depression where it begins and ends in the same season. Mostly this happens during winter, and it is commonly called winter blues.

Seasonal affective disorder or seasonal depression symptoms :

  • Being sad for no reason.
  • Feel sad and down for most of the day, almost every day.
  • Losing interest in activities that were once enjoyed.
  • Feeling unworthy and having no hope about life.
  • Suicidal thoughts

Other physical symptoms could be

  • Sleep changes(oversleeping or insomnia)
  • Change in appetite
  • Weight gain
  • Craving for unhealthy food.
  • Feeling angry and agitated.

Reasons for SAD :

  • Having a family history of depression could be the main reason
  • People living in cold places get affected by SAD the most.
  • People already having depression feel more depressed during the gloomy season.
  • Vitamin D deficiency can also be the reason for SAD.

How to cope up with SAD :

  • Getting out of the house and getting enough sunlight is the best way to feel better. Sunlight is the best source of vitamin D, could help in bettering our mood in a natural way.
  • Meeting friends and family can also help lighten our spirits.

Concentrating on diet and exercise could also help in boosting the brain which in turn helps to boost a good mood

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