As the Christmas season begins, many people start to feel the ‘Christmas Jitters’, professionally known as Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). Seasonal depression, stress, and worry are common effects of SAD. The season can be the worst of times for some people. Here are some tips and tricks to get through the month.
How To Know If You Have SAD
- In a depressed mood all the time, low self-esteem
- Fatigue, loss of energy
- Feeling angry, irritable, stressed, or anxious
- Weight gain or loss drastically
- Unknown aches and pains
- Changes in sleep patterns
- Use of drugs or alcohol for comfort
Tips on Self-Care During the Season
- Hang out with friends and family; they’re there to help and love you
- Eat the right foods; healthy, non-fattening foods help your serotonin levels stay up, (the happy hormone!)
- Exercise regularly (also produces the happy hormone)
- Stay in light, sunny places
Be sure to talk as much as possible about your negative feelings as long as you are feeling them. Holding your feelings in can cause many more mental issues in the future. Reach out to family, friends, or teachers that you know are there for you and are people you can trust. Take care of yourself first, and be careful who you surround yourself with. It is very important not to let your feelings consume you during this season.