Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is an actual form of winter depression some people experience. It is normally related to how they perceive the colder temperatures, overcast and cloudy days, and less daylight.
Before you assume you have SAD, it is important to consider other aspects of your life. You might be surprised to discover why you are feeling down is not because you have SAD. Some of the other causes for wintertime depression include:
You have financial concerns. Your holiday expenses may were a bit more than you originally budgeted. Now you are worried about being able to cover your normal living expenses. On top of those, your credit card payments increased from buying holiday presents on credit.
You were let go from your job. There is nothing more devastating than to return to work after the holidays and then get laid off a month or two later. The first part of the year is when companies are often looking for ways to cut expenses, especially if they fell short on the previous year’s figures.
You have become sedentary and move like a sloth. When it is cold outside, it is very enticing to curl up in a blanket in front of the fireplace and just sit there for hours on end. However, this lack of movement can start to affect our moods. The body needs regular movement to promote positive feelings.
You don’t have to worry about joining a fitness centre if that is not your thing. Getting up and doing some light housekeeping or other physical activities for about 30 minutes three or four times a week can do wonders to get rid of our negative moods.
Your family obligations are making you feel overwhelmed. The kids had a nice holiday break from school, but now things are back in full swing. There are sporting events, music lessons, and other extracurricular activities that need your attention alongside your job.
You miss the sights, sounds, and smells of the holidays. For the first part of winter, we get to enjoy holiday decorations, lights, holiday songs, holiday meals, and other things that make winter fun and exciting. But after New Year’s, when all the lights and decorations come down, things can seem uneventful and boring, which can make us feel down.
You are still eating like it is the holidays. It is easy to let our normal eating habits go over the holidays. However, for some people returning to our previous diets can be challenging. Eating excessive amounts of sweets, treats, and gorging ourselves at meal times can leave us with a lack of energy, which in turn can affect our moods.
As you can see, there are many different reasons why you might not be feeling like your normal self during the winter. For help figuring out why you are feeling depressed, less motivated, or blue, please feel free to contact Ellen Starr Marriage Counselling at 416-488-3102 today!