“When it snows you have two choices: shovel or make snow angels.” ― Unknown
Here we are at the end of January, with February looming large, which means we are in the middle of the cold, dark Winter with a few more months left. How are you feeling?
We’ve all heard of the winter blues, or the more official Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), but have you recognized the signs in yourself or your loved ones?
The lack of natural sunlight we experience during these dreary months can cause changes in serotonin and melatonin, as well as disruptions to your body’s natural rhythm (your internal clock). These, in turn, can affect your sleep, your mood, your motivation, your focus, your level of interest in activities, and more (Rush, n.d.).
From there, these biological and psychological changes affect so many things! Your weight (especially around the holidays), your vices (especially tobacco use and alcohol consumption), and your susceptibility to illness can all be affected by the winter blues.
For this blog series we will look at these topics and more and give you tips on overcoming them as we continue to work our way through what can be the most difficult months of the year for so many people. We will also be providing valuable information and resources about influenza and Coronavirus.
Before the series really begins tomorrow, consider how SAD might be affecting you or your loved ones and make sure you take some notes over the next few days as we help you through those winter blues!
Rush. (n.d.). More Than Just the Winter Blues?. Retrieved from: https://www.rush.edu/health-wellness/discover-health/more-just-winter-blues