By: Morgan Kellogg
Do you experience seasonal depression? This is the question The Squire asked their Instagram followers. Within a 24-hour voting period, 64% of people who voted said that they experience seasonal depression.
According to www.mayoclinic.org, seasonal depression, also known as seasonal affective disorder (SAD), is a type of depression that’s related to changes in seasons. Most typically, SAD occurs in the season change from fall to winter. With the seasons changing, so does your mood and energy. Most common symptoms of SAD include having low energy, sleep problems, agitation, difficulty concentrating, losing interest in your favorite activities, and hopelessness. Along with these symptoms, people with SAD may experience loss of appetite, and suicidal thoughts. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, contact your doctor to take the next steps in helping your mind and body.
The Squire sat down with Taylor Napolitan to ask her a few questions about what she does to stay healthy. During the winter season, especially during quarantine, is when you need to keep your mind the sharpest. Some things Taylor enjoys doing during quarantine are focusing on healthy eating and taking walks with her mom. It is essential to keeping a happy and healthy mind during the winter months, Taylor says, “I like to focus on the positive things in my life and block out the negativity.”
Some things you should do if you are experiencing SAD are get fresh air, eat healthy, and make sure you are having a regular sleep schedule. Getting fresh air is especially important during the winter season. Since you are not outside as much as you are in the summer, you should go for a walk or hike if weather permits. Another way to keep your body healthy is eating healthy and taking regular showers. Doing this will give your mind the extra boost it needs to get through the day. Along with healthy eating and showering regularly, you should also try to create a regular sleep schedule. With a regular sleep schedule, your mind can maintain the timing of your internal body clock. Having a structured sleep schedule also helps you wake up and fall asleep easier.
If you need someone to talk to, our guidance counselor, Mrs. Hahn, is available at school. If you are uncomfortable with reaching out to Mrs. Hahn, you can talk to one of your teachers for next steps in keeping your mind happy and healthy.