Seasonal affective disorder (SAD), is a type of depression that’s related to changes in seasons. SAD begins and ends around the same times every year. If you’re like most people with SAD, your symptoms start in the fall and continue into the winter months, sapping your energy and making you feel moody. Less often, SAD causes depression in the spring or early summer.
Symptoms specific to winter-onset SAD, sometimes called winter depression, may include:
Appetite changes, especially a craving for foods high in carbohydrates
Tiredness or low energy
Having low energy
Having problems with sleeping
Research shows that exercise is the most effective relief to depression. Karalee King, a client from Total Health and Fitness shared her story in overcoming SAD with GTU viewers.
Karalee says exercise and lifestyle changes have made not only her body change, but her attitude, mood and mindset as well. On top of these positive changes, she also dropped 52 pounds and 16% body fat. She lost 10 inches off of her waist.
Karalee describes the change in her own words:” I definitely have had a hard time with the winter blues in the past, usually in January especially, but this year has definitely been different all around for sure (so far anyway), not just physically, but I have noticed a big difference in my mental state of mind especially. Things don’t seem to bother me as much, or I don’t let things stress me out as much as they usually have in the past. I think that working out has played a huge part in this. I’ve always known that exercise is really good for your mental health, but I’ve never been consistent enough at working out that I’ve gotten to the point that I haven’t dreaded it – until now. I am finding that I actually like to work out! What has especially surprised me is how much I like to lift weights! That has always intimidated me in the past, but I actually enjoy it now. 😳
I think that eating healthier has also made a huge difference too. You have taught me so much through this whole thing! It’s hard to believe that I can eat so much and still lose weight! I’ve been doing it all wrong for so long, no wonder I couldn’t lose weight! Most of the time when I was trying to lose weight I was starving myselfand wasn’t seeing any results!”