The days are longer, the sun is peaking out more often and warming the cool air, green leaves are starting to appear here and there. All signs point to the steady reappearance of spring. It is the time of renewal, new beginning and fresh energy. Everyone should be wearing a huge, Vitamin D induced, smile on their face. So why does everyone seem so moody?
It turns out, the weather has a huge impact on your mood. Seasonal Affective Disorder, also conveniently known as SAD, is a type of depression that is specifically correlated with changes in the seasons. Most people feel its effects at the beginning of the fall season and continue into the winter. Others feel it in reverse, with negative symptoms emerging as the warmer months approach.
There are many causes behind what brings on Seasonal Affective Disorder. Just as a lack in sunlight can confuse and deplete certain levels of hormones in our bodies, the sudden abundance of light can also have the same impact. Once the clocks are turned back and the days become longer, our circadian rhythm shifts and so do our sleeping patterns. Some people find it difficult to sleep through the night, often experiencing insomnia, while others feel like they’re constantly running on empty, and cannot to seem to get out of bed. Most people experience a drastic lack of energy, bursts of irritability, lack of motivation, weight gain, and no desire to socialize with others.
This can be a very overwhelming time for some people. While we are not medical professionals, we do have a few suggestions that help combat these spring blues. It is so important to keep up an active lifestyle, even when it becomes difficult to do so.
Exercising regularly and moving your body activates dopamine and serotonin, the so-called happiness hormones. This will help ease the symptoms of SAD and make up for the lack of other essential hormones in our bodies. Getting out of the house and joining a dance or fitness class can have a tremendously positive outcome on your emotional wellbeing, especially during this time. Not only does it provide your body with its desired exertion, it will bring you around other people who are happy and interested in the same thing. While the negative effects of SAD may be pushing you to isolate yourself from others, make sure you stay connected with your friends, family and loved ones. Take it one day and one dance class at a time and before you know it, your spring blues will melt away.