Delhi’s famous winter has finally arrived and many must be excited with the idea of bringing out their favourite jackets and sweaters, some must be planning the New Year party as well. However, there are many for whom winters bring the feeling of melancholy. The short days, foggy mornings and extreme cold for some, brings unwarily persistent low mood, irritability, tearfulness, lack of interest in normal day to day activities. If you are unfortunately facing such a condition or you know someone who does, don’t take the condition lightly, these are signs of winter depression or winter blues, in medical terms, it is called seasonal affective disorder (SAD).
For some people, symptoms of SAD are fairly mild and last for a week or two, but some percentage of people find it hard to carry out their day-to-day tasks in winter without continuous treatment.
Why winter depression happens? Scientists believe winter depression is related to the way the body responds to daylight. When daylight enters our eye it stops the production of the sleep hormone, melatonin in our body and this process helps us to be awake. Scientists believe in SAD, sufferers produce a higher level of melatonin during winters and this causes them to feel lethargic and depressive. Delhi’s eminent psychologist Shivani Misri Sadhoo today shares tips to fight winter depression:
1. Spend more time outside in the sun: Get outside as often as you can, especially on bright days. Sitting by a window can also help.
2. Eat a lot of fruits and vegetables: Winter blues generally increase the craving for sweet and carbohydrate like pastries, cakes, chocolates, bread etc. Avoid such cravings to control your body sugar level, instead, take a lot of green vegetables and fruits that will make your body function well and make you feel a lot better.
3. Involve yourself in physical activities: Remember exercise reduces depression, anxiety, stress, improves your memory and boosts your overall mood.
4. Take an expert’s help: If you feel your sadness is not going away, then don’t hesitate to consult a mental health expert.
Article by Shivani Misri Sadhoo
Psychologist and Relationship Counsellor, Saarthi Counselling Services