In plain words, Seasonal Affective Disorder hits when an individual feels depressive symptoms at a particular time every year.
It has been prominent in adults due to the pandemic, Covid-19. Due to the sudden lockdown of the economy many failed to maintain their mental health.
The acronym SAD fits well with the disease, which is simply feeling sad.
Depression is when someone finds life isn’t enjoyable any longer and it certainly has an influencing interference with diurnal life like sleeping, eating, studying, and working. Depression causes are not fully known but it includes a type of deficiency called Monoamine Neurotransmitters in the brain like Dopamine, Norepinephrine and Serotonin.
The signs which could possibly tell you could have SAD
- Over sleeping
- Change of appetite
- Weight gain
- Feeling tired
To fight anxiety, many people do various stuffs like diverting their mind to certain activities. Like, going out for a drive, get-together with families and friends, a nice meal in the restaurants, a movie plan, walking on the beach, travelling. But due to the lockdown, the limitations in all these activities especially in terms of travel and some things which were giving pleasure and peace of mind leads to this seasonal blues.
How does SAD be prominent among humans due to Covid-19?
Covid has brought a major deal of stress and trauma. With people losing jobs, facilities and pleasure of day to day life it has been a serious growth of SAD patients. Due to the pandemic, we are very limited in what we were doing in day to day life. The days seems bigger with nothing to do and the weather growing colder, and the lockdown, going out may not have that same flexibility as before the pandemic. There is also the fear of getting contaminated by the virus or losing family or some close friends to the virus. This leads to sadness and rise in the secretion of Monoamine Neurotransmitters in the brain like Dopamine, Norepinephrine and Serotonin.
How to fight SAD in Covid-19
- Prioritize self-care.
- Develop a workout routine and stick to it
- Get a good night sleep, boost your melatonin levels
- Cut down on Caffeine intake
There are foods items that would help you increase melatonin levels and develop the happy chemicals for brain.
- Fruits and veggies like asparagus, cherries, corn, tomatoes, pomegranate, olives, grapes, broccoli and cucumber.
- Intake of rich grains like rice, rolled oats, barley.
- Walnuts, Flax seed, Peanuts, Sunflower seeds, Mustard seeds,
Bottom line, it is advised not to brush off that sluggish feeling as simply a case of the blues or a seasonal disorder. A medical professional should be contacted for advice on the same.