The dreary colors of fall and winter might leave you feeling, well, blue. For some, this might be more than a coincidence. Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) affects some 10 million people each year, and it often begins in young people in their 20s.
SAD can even hit you outside of the normal cycle of fall and winter. A handful of people suffer from SAD in the spring and summer. However, SAD is much more than just feeling moody and not as cheerful. It’s a legitimate disorder that needs to be examined to be fully understood.
You might find yourself feeling depressed and moody from the start of autumn until the end of winter if you’re one of the many who suffer from SAD. And, listen up if you’re female, live far from the equator or have a family history of SAD — you’re more likely than others to feel down in the dumps when the world starts to chill.
Who’s Most Likely to Get SAD?
Fortunately, there are plenty of methods used today that can alleviate the symptoms of SAD. You can hike up your blinds and throw back your curtains to let more light in. You can exercise. You can simply take a stroll outside, even if it’s cold. And you can read inspirational literature that might just put a smile on your face despite the fact that it’s icy outside.
Location plays an enormous role in the disorder. While other disorders can occur anywhere in the world, SAD is most prevalent in cold areas. For example, 9.7% of people living in New Hampshire report having SAD while only 1.4% report having it in Florida.
Gender also plays a factor in SAD. If you’re female, you’re four times more likely to be affected by SAD then a male. You don’t need to be ashamed if you feel this way during specific seasons. It’s quite natural. But how do you remain positive if you’re suffering from SAD?
How to Combat SAD
One of the solutions suggested is light therapy. Scientifically, the chemicals in your brain are affected when you have SAD. Serotonin levels go down, and you begin to feel depressed. These levels drop due to numerous factors, but one of them is a lack of light.
Light boosts our serotonin output, so it makes sense why light therapy works. As you can see, light therapy is simple in its concept. You get more light and you feel better.
And the great part is, it works. According to studies, a large number of people who go through light therapy have success in ridding SAD. That’s right! If you find yourself down in the dumps with SAD, light can really make a difference in your life. And, while going to a proper doctor to go through the therapy is the best course of action, you can try it yourself with lamps in your home.
How to Stay Positive
Remaining positive during your tough struggle is key. In any situation, positive thinking is always welcome. However, people with SAD may not understand what is happening. They may feel as if something’s wrong and not reach out for help. It’s important for these individuals to understand SAD will end. There is hope. Metaphorically and literally, there is light at the end of the tunnel.
As with any type of depression, symptoms of SAD can run in a variety of directions. You may have a smaller appetite. You may feel groggy and not have nearly as much energy as you once did. You may even have an increased spike in anxiety and begin to worry more. If you experience these symptoms, please go see someone immediately. SAD doesn’t have to run your life. You are in control. Always remember that.
It’s also important to remember when life gets tough, talking to someone is always an option. There are numerous hotlines that can help you through your struggles. Never forget there are always people out there who know what you’re going through. Don’t be afraid to seek help if you think you have SAD.
The Quotes That Boost Mood
Below are 15 quotes to help inspire you and help you stay positive in the face of SAD. Just remember, it will be spring before you know it.
Quotes About Beauty and Awesomeness
“A pearl is a beautiful thing that is produced by an injured life. It is the tear [that results] from the injury of the oyster. The treasure of our being in this world is also produced by an injured life. If we had not been wounded, if we had not been injured, then we will not produce the pearl.” — Stephan Hoeller
“Old friends pass away, new friends appear. It is just like the days. An old day passes, a new day arrives. The important thing is to make it meaningful: a meaningful friend — or a meaningful day.” — Dalai Lama
“When I’m sad I stop being sad and be awesome instead.” — Neil Patrick Harris as Barney Stinson, “How I Met Your Mother”
“Man is fond of counting his troubles, but he does not count his joys. If he counted them up as he ought to, he would see that every lot has enough happiness provided for it.” — Fyodor Dostoevsky
Quotes About Being Human
“Have patience with all things, but chiefly have patience with yourself. Do not lose courage in considering your own imperfections but instantly set about remedying them — every day begin the task anew.” — Saint Francis de Sales
“One of the most tragic things I know about human nature is that all of us tend to put off living. We are all dreaming of some magical rose garden over the horizon — instead of enjoying the roses blooming outside our windows today.” — Dale Carnegie
“I like living. I have sometimes been wildly, despairingly, acutely miserable, racked with sorrow, but through it all I still know that just to be alive is a grand thing.” — Agatha Christie
“Sometimes your joy is the source of your smile, but sometimes your smile can be the source of your joy.” — Thich Nhat Hanh
Quotes About Overcoming Obstacles
“In moments of discouragement, defeat, or even despair, there are always certain things to cling to. Little things usually: remembered laughter, the face of a sleeping child, a tree in the wind — in fact, any reminder of something deeply felt or dearly loved. No man is so poor as not to have many of these small candles. When they are lighted, darkness goes away — and a touch of wonder remains.” — Tombstone inscription in Britain
“Although the world is full of suffering, it is also full of the overcoming of it.” — Helen Keller
“All the adversity I’ve had in my life, all my troubles and obstacles, have strengthened me. You may not realize it when it happens, but a kick in the teeth may be the best thing in the world for you.” — Walt Disney
“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” — Mark Twain
Quotes About Enjoying the Moment
“The way I see it, if you want the rainbow, you gotta put up with the rain.” — Dolly Parton
“Now and then it’s good to pause in our pursuit of happiness and just be happy.” — Guillaume Apollinaire
“When you realize how perfect everything is, you will tilt your head back and laugh at the sky.” — Buddha