I love fall. It is hands down my favourite season compared to the unbearable heat of summer and the frigid cold of winter. I look forward to donning large knit sweaters, lace up boots, and feeling perfectly balanced with a cool breeze and a warm drink in hand (pretty typical girl stuff, eh?)
However, there are some big changes that follow when the seasons decide to change. The days get shorter, and we experience a deeper darkness in the sky. While this means sleeping tends to come a little bit easier, it also can trigger something called Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) in some of us.
Between 2-6% of Canadians will experience SAD, and another 15% will experience a milder form which includes symptoms such as oversleeping, low energy levels, weight gain, and depressed mood. I know I personally feel changes in my mood depending on the weather and current season, and a childhood spent growing up in the darkness of Northern Canada has helped me to figure out some worthwhile strategies.
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Changing seasons can feel like a heavy burden on our mood and energy levels, especially if you are already feeling some stress or anxiety around your everyday activities. Be aware of how your mood changes and look for achievable solutions early on as the season changes. Look for one or two close friends that you can confide in about how you’re feeling and any changes that do arise in your mood or energy levels.
We’re all in this together; let’s help each other out.