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Winter, apart from colds, can also affect our mood. It’s often a passing depression that’s easy to overcome. The first thing we need to do is recognize the symptoms.
Depression is a word for which we must initially feel much respect. However, we do not always have to associate it with a serious ailment. This can also be triggered by the arrival of winter, a season in which temperatures fall and sunlight accompanies us for fewer hours.
What are the symptoms of seasonal depression?
To know if we are suffering from seasonal depression, we first need to identify the physical and psychological symptoms, which are:
-Physical symptoms: feeling tired, and/or sleepy, changes in appetite, increased desire for sweets and carbohydrates, and recurring headaches.
-Psychological symptoms: tendency to isolate yourself from others, anxiety, mood swings, irritability, apathy, sadness, and disinterest in activities that used to interest you.
What causes depression in winter?
To find a solution to winter depression, the first thing is to know what the cause is. The first factor is hormonal alteration, since, when exposure to light decreases, our body reacts by increasing melatonin levels, a hormone that we secrete during the hours of darkness and that causes us a greater feeling of tiredness, simultaneously, decreasing our levels of serotonin, the hormone that helps us feel more vital and active.
How can we overcome seasonal depression?
It should be emphasized that if the symptoms of depression are very acute and prevent you from doing your daily life or extend over time, you should consult a specialist.
But, if it is seasonal depression, you can follow the following tips:
There are also some therapies that may help you, such as:
With these tips, you can surely lift your mood during the winter, but remember that if your symptoms do not improve over time, you should go to a specialist.
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