I love this time of year, when the leaves change colors and there is a certain magic in the air. But I realized that I was feeling symptoms of depression, such as fatigue and the desire to shut myself off from the world. It had been dark and rainy for over a month, which happens this time of year, and I remember feeling the same way about the same time last year. Even though mentally, fall is arguably my favorite season, my body was being affected by the changes that come along with it. Seasonal affective disorder, or SAD, is partly triggered by the drop in serotonin and melatonin our bodies receive by the decrease in sunlight. And those that are already prone to depression, such as myself, are more likely to suffer from it. Other factors like family history and location can play a part as well.
This particular type of disorder is not necessarily helped by an increase in medication. There is however, a way to help with SAD, and it is called a light box. The effects are felt as soon as one to two days of using it and a simple search on the internet will lead you to many different options, to best suit your needs. They range in prices, from inexpensive to pricey, with great reviews for each price level. I purchased one myself for $26 on Amazon and I immediately felt the positive effects. All I do is sit in front of the light box for 30 minutes each day, while doing my morning routine or checking my emails, and that’s it! I feel more energized and positive throughout the entire day. If you think you could be suffering from seasonal affective disorder, try a light box, especially through the cold and dark months.