Dealing with ‘seasonal mood disorder’
I will be writing my board exams and these days I feel very low. Am I suffering from a seasonal mood disorder? Please guide me.
—Lethargic Most people respond to the changing seasons with changes in mood, metabolism and behaviour. Many people find they eat and sleep slightly more in the cold season and dislike the dark mornings and short days – this is commonly referred to as ‘winter blues’. Symptoms such as oversleeping, overeating, dullness, lack of energy and motivation and lethargy are common during the winter months.
Common research suggests that lack of bright sunlight makes a difference in brain chemistry. Evidence has suggested that serotonin levels increase with exposure to bright light and medica- tion, wherever required, has a positive effect along with a well-structured daily routine and physical exercise and socialisation.
You could try a few things to deal with the mood swings. Interface with daylight whenever you can. Do some structured exercises. Eat fresh fruits, vegetables and healthy beverages.