Commonly known as winter blues, seasonal affective disorder (SAD) is for real and a distressing form of depression. Doctors are not yet sure of why it happens, but the American Psychiatric Association suggests that it’s mostly triggered by the change in the season, as reduced exposure to the sun creates a chemical imbalance in the brain.
People complain of feeling sluggish, disinterested in activities and difficulty in concentrating on their work. In most cases, SAD goes away as summer and spring approach.
But along with the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, the seasonal affective disorder can be more challenging for people this year.
Here are a few techniques that can help in managing SAD symptoms.