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Seasonal Affective Disorder

When the days of summer are long gone, and we're faced with shorter daylight hours; a lot of Canadians feel weary around this time. If you've ever felt like our shortest month of the year is the longest one you may be experiencing something similar to Seasonal Affective Disorder.

Seasonal Affective Disorder is a form of depression that only comes around when we're in our winter months. There are a few factors that come into play around this time that can affect our mood.

Why Does This Happen?

The short answer, is that the reduced sunlight in Fall & Winter is usually one of the factors why people experience SAD. The decrease in light can cause a drop in serotonin and melatonin- both affect your mood!

If you tend to feel more withdrawn in the Winter, experience more sleep disturbances/ lack of sleep, lethargy, aches and pains, higher anxiety or weight gain, you may be experiencing SAD.

4 Ways To Help With S.A.D

  1. Get outside in the morning- Moving for just 20 minutes a day helps with your overall health. Getting outside for a short time in the winter can help battle S.A.D.

  2. Get as much light as you can- Open the blinds, and go for a walk in the daylight! If you work a 9-5, try going outside for a few minutes on your lunch break if you can!

  3. Add Vitamin D to your daily supplements*

  4. Do what makes you happy! Make sure you make time for hobbies or activities that boost your serotonin every day!

*Always ask your Pharmacist or Doctor before starting a new supplement or medication.

Let Hauser's be your partner in health this year. We have products that can help you through S.A.D or speak to one of our pharmacists for a personalized recommendation. Pharmacy is available in Dunnville, Hagersville, Hamilton, and St. Catharines.

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