By: Marilyn Awoyomi Social Worker, Psychotherapist

When It’s More Than Just The Winter Blues…

While the fall colours and crisp air can be a relief after the summer heat, the seasons are quickly changing and for many this change can feel unsettling. The days are getting shorter and darker and the transition to winter can zap us of energy and cause low mood.

Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)

Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is a type of depression related to changes in the seasons. It starts and ends around the same months each year and is characterized by low mood, problems with sleep and difficulty concentrating. The decrease in sunlight causes lower levels of serotonin which can trigger symptoms of depression. 

Regardless of how this weather change is affecting your mental health, it is important to be aware of SAD. Tune into your thoughts and feelings and if and how they change at this time of year. 

Tips to Boost Your Mood

Below are some tips to help you boost your mood and navigate this transition:

  • Talk to someone. Stay social and reach out to others for support. Don’t be afraid to ask for help and to talk to others about your low mood. A qualified Psychotherapist will discuss with you ways to cope and effectively manage these depressive symptoms.
  • Stay Active. Get outside as much as possible to soak in the vitamin D.  Go for a fall hike or walk and try to embrace winter activities.
  • Consider light therapy in the form of a light therapy box or lamp on your kitchen windowsill or work station.
  • Get assessed by your ND or MD for Vitamin D, B12, ferritin and thyroid function, which can all contribute to altered mood.

Reach out to us anytime as we’re always here to support you and help you embrace the colder months ahead!