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Seasonal Affective Disorder and Mental Health


Hayley Lefebvre, Staff Writer

With the changing of the seasons many people begin to experience what doctors classify as Seasonal Affective Disorder. This disorder is where people begin to feel more tired or sad than usual due to the uncertainty in the weather, and don’t really feel like doing anything. It’s incredibly important to realize that this disorder affects our mental health. Mental health plays a role in our everyday lives and we need to find a way to keeps not only our body healthy, but our mind healthy as well during these seasonal bursts of unhappiness.

A good way to keep your mind focused and involved during times like this is to get out and be social. Interaction with friends and family allows you to think, and talk about a variety of things. Social interaction can help lessen those feelings of loneliness and potentially can help our mood. Talk about things like hobbies, or anything that interests you. It will make you feel better to talk to people about things you like, and being in that type of environment will help you get you involved.

If you don’t have anyone to talk to at the moment, trying something new may be the key to your happiness. If you have never liked to read, try sitting down with a book for awhile and see if that helps; you may just be surprised. If reading doesn’t cut it, there is always those recipe books you have but never use. Remember you don’t have to be a celebrity chef to know how to cook but you can at least attempt. In the end you will have something really great or really terrible. It’s the fact that you can probably feel great about it either way, because you have never done it before, but now you know you can cook, almost.

If staying in the house all day is getting to be a bit much, break out of your shell and get out into the world. There are plenty of activites to do all year-round, indoors and outdoors. This can be something as simple as taking a walk if it’s nice out, or even just going for a drive to enjoy the scenery that isn’t your living room. As for indoor activities there are tons of places that offer things such as intramural sports, crafts, and exercise classes. These are the perfect little things you can do to improve your mood but are as equally productive and satisfying.

You can see that even those who feel they may be suffering from Seasonal Affective Disorder can find things to do to focus their attention elsewhere. Not only will following these tips improve your mood, but they can help you feel accomplished. Although these are just a few ideas, the true amount of things you can do throughout the seasons are endless. It all about positivity so start doing things that make you happy, so you can truly feel mentally healthy all year-round no matter what season it is.