SAD when summer ends?
Beyond the usual end of summer blues, many people suffer from a more difficult dip in mood during the autumn and winter months. In fact approximately 2 million people in the UK suffer from this condition which is known as Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)
What are the symptoms of SAD?
- Lethargy, lack of energy, inability to carry out a normal routine
- Sleep problems, finding it hard to stay awake during the day, but having disturbed nights
- Loss of libido, not interested in physical contact
- Anxiety, inability to cope
- Social problems, irritability, not wanting to see people
- Depression, feelings of gloom and despondency for no apparent reason
- Craving for carbohydrates and sweet foods, leading to weight gain
What can cause SAD?
Sunlight has a regulatory effect on a wide variety of our body’s systems, affecting mood, sleep, waking, appetite, digestion and energy. The body receives ‘light cues’ from the sun which time bodily functions creating a ‘Circadian Rhythm’. In the autumn and winter months, where there is less sunlight outside, and we tend to spend more time indoors, this rhythmn can fall out of time, resulting in the symptoms of Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD).
How Thrive Can Help
At Thrive, we offer a variety of therapies which can help regulate your body’s systems during the darker months, and create a more robust state of health during spring and summer which will make you less susceptible to SAD symptoms when autumn and winter come around again.