Defeating the Winter Blues

For many people, the long, dark nights of winter take a toll on mental health. Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is a real affliction that causes depression and is linked to the change of seasons. Many people go through this for short periods of time in the winter, where they feel “down” and then start to feel better in the spring.

While the symptom of SAD are the same as those of classic depression, those with winter-pattern SAD also may have specific symptoms such as:

  • Oversleeping
  • Overeating, especially carbohydrates
  • Weight gain
  • Social withdrawal

Those who have visited Flatrock’s care homes have noticed that many homes exploit natural lighting. This is intentional as many experts have linked light therapy to uplifting moods and alleviating depression, especially SAD.

Harvard Health Publishing recommends taking early morning walks, and considering the use of a light box to combat depression that is linked to season change. If these strategies don’t work, or symptoms become more severe, it is advised to speak to a physician.