“Unveiling the Shocking Truth: Why You Feel Full of Beans in Summer but Sluggish in Winter due to Seasonal Affective Disorder?”

Andi Lew Shares Her Experience with Seasonal Affective Disorder

As the days get shorter and the weather gets colder, many people experience a dip in their mood and motivation. For Andi Lew, a 50-year-old wellness coach and author, this seasonal change can be particularly challenging. She experiences symptoms of seasonal affective disorder (SAD), including depression, lethargy, and muscle aches.

What is Seasonal Affective Disorder?

SAD is a type of depression that comes and goes according to the season. It usually develops in autumn and winter and disappears again in summer and spring. While SAD can affect anyone, those who are genetically predisposed to it and people who don’t experience much sunlight are more likely to be affected.

SAD is more common in colder countries, but it still affects about one in 300 Australians. Even those without SAD may notice they slump during the colder months, feeling demotivated when it’s dreary outside. This can lead to behavioral changes, including exercising less, gravitating more towards comfort food, and preferring to spend time lazing around on the couch or “hibernating in bed.”

How to Combat Seasonal Affective Disorder

If the winter blues are dragging you down, there are lots of steps you can take to perk up your mood. Here are some tips:

– Try to get as much sunshine as possible: Spending time outside during daylight hours can help boost your mood and regulate your sleep-wake cycle.
– Take vitamin D supplements: Lack of vitamin D from sunshine may cause people’s moods to dip, as the vitamin can play a key role in regulating mood.
– Have regular saunas: Saunas can help improve circulation, reduce stress, and boost your mood.
– Consider relocating: In Andi Lew’s case, a move to a sunnier location improved her mood immensely.

If your mood or thoughts are causing you concern, it’s important to see your GP. Don’t suffer in silence – there are plenty of resources available to help you manage your mental health.

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