Winter brings wonderful things like sledding, hot cocoa, and holidays. However, it also comes with less sunlight and outdoor activities. The days are shorter, colder, and darker, and it seems like you can't do as many things as you would like. During the winter months, many people develop seasonal affective disorder (SAD), or more commonly known as seasonal depression.
SAD is a type of depression that typically begins in the fall and carries out throughout the winter months. Although seasonal depression can occur during the spring and summer months, it is less common. If you're experiencing winter blues, you're not alone, and online therapy at 7 Cups is here to help. Our therapists provide a safe and understanding environment that you can turn to for the support you need.
What causes seasonal affective disorder?
One major cause of SAD is the reduction of sunlight during the winter months. A lack of sunlight leads to lower levels of serotonin. Serotonin is a hormone and neurotransmitter that plays an important role in regulating mood. Low levels of serotonin are linked to depression, anxiety, insomnia, and many other health issues.
Another possible cause of seasonal depression is higher levels of melatonin. Melatonin is a sleep-related hormone that produces at a higher rate when it is dark outside. Because during the winter months, the days are darker and colder, your melatonin levels increase which can cause you to sleep more and disrupt your biological clock, leading to SAD.
Online Therapy with 7 Cups
If you are experiencing symptoms of seasonal affective disorder, it can be difficult to get out of bed or even motivate yourself to do the things you normally love to do. If this sounds like you, our therapists are here to help. We offer a friendly ear and will provide you with support during this difficult time.
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