March 8, 2019

Do You Know Seasonal Depression?

Health and Wellness

According to Canada.com, 3% of our population suffers from Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). American Family Physician states another 10 to 20% may have a milder form of SAD, which means that up to a quarter of people are all too familiar with the emotional ebbs and flows that come with the seasons.

For most people with SAD, the depression occurs in the winter. It’s often thought that the colder weather and reduced exposure to sunlight contribute to symptoms. It makes sense, then, that SAD is more common in colder, more northern climates.

Do I Have Seasonal Depression?

As with anything related to our wellness, it’s best to discuss your concerns with a trusted medical professional. Seasonal depression is very much real depression, and the symptoms can range from mild to severe. Talking with a pro about what you’re experiencing and how you might treat it will help ensure you have the right support plan in place.

SAD is more than having an off day or feeling fed up with the weather. People who suffer from seasonal depression may notice symptoms come and go at predictable times throughout the year. The symptoms can persist through days and weeks.

Common complaints of seasonal depression sufferers are fatigue, irritability, losing interest in activities, difficulty paying attention, and weight gain, to name a few.

What Should I Know?

Whether seasonal or “regular” depression, it’s not your fault. Depression is a disorder that originates in the brain; a result of an imbalance.

There are a lot of opinions flying around about the best treatment for depression. Don’t pay attention to anyone who tells you that medications are evil or that natural treatments don’t work. The truth is, the best course of action is the one that YOU can achieve and that brings YOU relief. This may be an all-natural approach, it may mean doctor prescribed medication, or it may be a combo of both. The important part is finding a treatment plan that is effective and comfortable for you—which is why it’s so important to talk to a medical professional about your options and concerns.

What Can I Try?

If you’re looking for some natural suggestions to discuss with your doctor, there are some approaches that seem to make a difference. They include:

  • Light therapy. If SAD is linked to less sunlight, light therapy can help fill that gap.
  • Vitamins and supplements. Some supplements, like Vitamin B, are thought to help with SAD. Be sure to check with your doctor before starting any regimen.
  • Exercise and time outdoors. A brisk walk or short round of exercise may help bring back some energy and provide some of those feel-good hormones to boost the soul.
  • Meditation. Practicing mindfulness and relaxation can help calm the body and the mind.
  • Counselling. A trained counsellor can help you identify negative patterns and learn better ways to cope with your disorder.
  • Don’t Forget Zenfully!

    Zenfully was actually originally created to help make it through the longer winter months. Binaural beats help push your brain into the desired state, which may be deep sleep, meditation, focus, or productivity. Since these are all things seasonal depression can make tougher to achieve, using binaural beats may be a great addition to help overcome your seasonal blues.

    Use of Zenfully is not intended as a substitute for professional medical device, nor does Zenfully diagnose or treat any medical condition. Always consult a doctor before starting any new program.