Shorter days might trigger seasonal depression
OKLAHOMA CITY (KOKH) —
The days getting shorter might put you in a little bit of a slump.
With daylight savings coming up, mental health experts say seasonal depression is a very real thing
"It's just something, something lurks in the back of my head that I can't figure out," Debbye Briner, a woman who has struggled with depression said.
Seasonal Affective Disorder (S.A.D.) is more common than we know, according to licensed social worker Courtney Rogers-McInturff.
She said, "It's a combination of things that can create that seasonal depression."
Shorter days are known to cause a shortage of chemicals that we might normally get from the sun as nutrients. That includes serotonin, which regulates your mood. It might cause you to feel a little blue but for some, those sad feelings can become overwhelming.
Briner said, "When I start to really get low, you get tired, you get disinterested in things, you don't really want to do the things you normally do. "
Experts say it can sometimes be as simple as being out in the sun, or boosting your exercise routine.
Rogers- McInturff said, "If you can, on your lunch break, take a brisk walk and get some exposure to that sun. That's something you can do that's pretty simple."
She said the worst thing you can do is stay in bed, or stay home when you don't feel like doing things you'd usually enjoy.
"Have game night with the family, go out once or twice a week and have dinner with a friend."
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