It is common knowledge that different weather patterns can affect people’s mental health, but how much of an impact does it have on one’s well being? Studies have shown that in the winter it is more likely for one to suffer from depression. This condition is called Seasonal Affective Disorder, or SAD.
But what can you do to stop this seasonal sadness? Obviously a high school student cannot move because of the sadness they are receiving from Camas’ gloomy skies. However, a high school student does have the ability to fight these dark feelings.
One way that a student can fight seasonal sadness is by having a regular exercise routine that they can follow year around, no matter the weather. This exercise does not have to be extreme, just something to get blood flowing and hearts pumping.
Another way to fight the depression is to keep warm in the winter months. When it gets chilly out, use common sense, bundle up! Keeping warm in the winter not only helps your physical health, but it improves your mental health too.
However, if you are suffering from seasonal sadness and you cannot seem to get out of it, it may be time to tell a parent, doctor, or friend about your struggles. There is no need to go through anything alone.