Seasons carry charms and beauty while setting a certain pace to life on Earth. Have you wondered about seasonal changes and their impact on humans?
We do have seasons for a reason. Changes in the air lead to drastic changes in nature’s ecosystems. Animals and plants adapt their life routines and behaviours dependently from all the seasons. Some hibernate in winter, some loose leaves, some spend the summer stocking food for colder days and so on. No matter how intelligent we are, we must become aware, that we are part of one massive and highly intelligent system defined by the laws of the universe we swim in.
We knew this once but somehow, it faded away and some societies live today as if they exist in a parallel universe, with disregard to changes in physics and biology around them.
Seasonal depression is defined as follows: It is a sudden change in the human mood regulation that comes as a result to changes in daylight and temperatures. Our brain’s chemicals rely immensely on daylight and air quality and like all animals, changes in our behavior and routines occur with seasonal changes. Many feel sad and report having the post- summer blues. As humans, we all function better when we get more light during the day. We feel better about ourselves and our sleep quality is enhanced.
Seasonal depression or Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is a depression that occurs each year at the same time, usually starting in fall, worsening in winter, and ending in spring, affecting more women than men and occurring more likely in younger generations who live in cloudy regions or at high latitudes. Symptoms include :
- Loss of interest in usual activities
- Withdrawal from social activities
- Inability to concentrate
- Extreme fatigue and lack of energy
- Increased need for sleep
- Craving for carbohydrates, and weight gain.
If you’re experiencing sadness nowadays, remember that seasonal depression is on the table along of course with the complete 2020 depression kit. Good luck to us all in maintaining a healthy mental functioning.